Summer days in Colorado bring the warm weather and more people spending time outdoors. However, while many children, adolescents, and teens may think of themselves as invincible, it’s important to know that young people are prone to heat-related illnesses during this time of the year. Parents, guardians, and caregivers should understand how to recognize the warning signs.
Symptoms of Common Heat-Related Illnesses
There are several types of conditions that may develop during the summertime, however, all of them are preventable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are some of the most common heat-related illnesses and warning signs to keep your eyes out for:
- Dehydration. Not urinating frequently; dark urine; dry mouth, lips, and eyes; dizziness or lightheadedness; headaches; extreme thirst; irritability
- Sunburns. Painful, red, or warm skin; blisters on the skin
- Heat Rash. Small red clusters of bumps on the skin, usually in the neck, chest, groin, or elbow regions
- Heat Cramps. Heavy sweating during exercise; muscle pains or spasms, especially in the legs, arms, or belly.
- Heat Exhaustion. Heavy sweating; skin that is cold, pale, and clammy; tiredness or weakness; headaches; fainting
- Heat Stroke. High body temperature (103° or higher); dizziness; nausea; vomiting; confusion; losing consciousness; seizures; skin that is hot, red, dry, or damp
It’s important to note that heat stroke can be fatal if not recognized and treated immediately. If your child or another person is showing these signs, ensure that they are taken out of the heat and put into a cool or shaded area. Take off excess clothing they are wearing and call 9-1-1 if the person’s symptoms do not go away or if they become unconscious.
How to Help Your Family Beat the Colorado Heat
Just because summer is full of opportunities for fun does not mean that safety and health should be put on the back burner. Here are some ways to protect children and all family members from the heat:
- Never leave children unattended in cars, even if the windows are cracked.
- Apply sunscreen to yourself and your children in the morning and reapply frequently throughout the day.
- Limit the amount of time spent outdoors during the hottest times of the day (typically, this is between noon and 3 p.m.).
- Take breaks from the sun in a shaded or air-conditioned area.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water frequently, beginning in the morning.
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