WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Summer break is here for kids and the playgrounds are starting to fill up.
With temperatures on the rise, parents and guardians need to keep a close eye on their children. There are risks during the summer, including sun exposure, dehydration and heat stroke. Pediatrician Tim Snyder, with Sigma Medical Group, says both adults and children can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
"It depends again on their conditioning, their age, and how fit they are. Infants definitely are more at risk for sun problems than adults," says Snyder.
Dr. Snyder adds it is important for children to stay hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. To reverse heat exhaustion, take them to a cool location, give the child fluids and sponge them off with cool water.
Despite what you might think, Dr. Snyder says it is actually a bad thing when a child stops sweating because that is a symptom of heat stroke.
"The skin is dry, hot and often there will be confusion. They may be unresponsive. And you're in an emergency situation there. That's a call to 9-1-1 immediately," says Snyder.
There are ways to prevent heat stroke. Drink lots of water, wear cool clothes, and apply at least SPF 15 sunblock to exposed skin.
"They recommend having hats with brim or for a little girl, like a bonnet. And sunglasses also. We focus a lot on the skin, but there can also be eye damage. So they recommend sunglasses, even in toddlers," says Snyder.
Remember before you go out in the summer heat, always be prepared to bring the necessary supplies.
"Protective clothing, sunscreen, and lots of extra fluids would be three main things to take on a hot day," says Snyder.
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