Heat Exhaustion (cont.)
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What Is the Treatment for Heat Exhaustion?
Treatment for heat exhaustion should begin immediately when a person is suspected of having heat exhaustion, and the primary treatment is evaporative cooling and removing the person from the hot environment.
Heat Exhaustion in Children
Heat exhaustion in children occurs for the same reasons (causes) listed previously for adults, but children are more susceptible to dehydration. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include:
Treatment of heat exhaustion in children is similar to that of adults.
If the child's body temperature reaches 105 F/40.5 C or above, or any other symptoms of heat stroke develop (such as the absence of sweating, seizures, lethargy or loss of consciousness), call 911 immediately. As in adults, untreated heat exhaustion in children may quickly progress to heat stroke and potentially death.
Heat Exhaustion in Dogs and Other Animals
Animals with fur coats can overheat quickly in hot environments. Symptoms may vary according to the type of animal, so it is recommended that you consult with your animal's veterinarian about heat exhaustion.
Though this article is not designed to cover animal heat exhaustion in depth, the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion in dogs, for example, may include weakness and excessive panting. As with humans, the dog's core temperature may be elevated.
Animals that show signs of heat exhaustion should be treated in the same way as humans (see above). For dogs (and cats), massage of the legs will help circulation and increase body cooling.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2016
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