Child Safety During Hot Weather

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Overview

During hot weather, babies and children should be watched carefully enough as they can lose body fluids fast through perspiring leading to dehydration. Therefore, they should be kept cool, wear light clothing and drink frequently.

During hot weather, babies and children should be watched carefully enough as they can lose body fluids fast through perspiring leading to dehydration. Therefore, they should be kept cool, wear light clothing and drink frequently.

Things To Remember

  • Kids and infants become dehydrated a lot more quickly in humid conditions.
  • Make sure your infant has enough liquids.
  • If it is hot, make sure you dress your infant in cool clothes.
  • Never ever leave your child unattended in a hot car, not even for a few seconds.

Symptoms Of Dehydration

Dehydration may pose a risk if child seems to be:

  • Has got dark sunken eyes
  • Is crying or seems irritable
  • Having wet nappies fewer than usual
  • Looking pale or skin is dry and hot
  • Got Dry mouth and coated looking tongue
  • Having a high body temperature
  • Is vomiting or having diarrhea
  • Is not drinking or eating

To Avoid Dehydration

  • Provide frequent drinks
  • Breastfeed baby more often and have frequent cool drinks yourself and at every feed.
  • Give the child extra cool boiled water after every bottle feed session.
  • Provide young children with frequent drinks during the day with water being the best option

During Hot Weather – Keeping Children Cool

General advice is to stay indoors during hot weather, although if unavoidable:

  • Dress the children in light clothing with a well-fit sun hat.
  • Carry plenty of liquid for the children
  • Stay mostly in shade
  • Make sure they have enough water – fruit juices are not recommended.

Do not ever leave children inside the car during hot weather:

It can be dangerous to leave a child on their own locked in a car, even if for a short period of time, mainly during hot weather when the temperature inside the car can quickly escalate to a much fatal level. Since children can easily lose their body fluid quickly and hence they are more prone to heat- related problems, leading to dehydration and heat stroke and eventually death.
In case if you are in need to use car during a hot weather:

  • Ensure making a trip during cooler times of the day
  • Use an air conditioner or make sure the windows are open when the car is in motion.
  • Do not ever leave babies or young children under any circumstances or even in mild weather since the temperature inside the car can escalade quickly.
  • Always use sun shades on the windows.

Tips To Remember

  • Babies are more prone to overheat during hot weather.
  • Provide children and babies with frequent drinks
  • Dress them in light, loose clothing
  • Make them sleep in the coolest room
  • Never leave them in the car.

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