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Heat Exhaustion (cont.)

Heat Exhaustion in Children

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Heat exhaustion in children occurs for the same reasons (causes) listed previously for adults, but children are more susceptible to dehydration. Like adults their symptoms may include:

  • fatigue,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • dehydration,
  • headache,
  • clammy skin,
  • rapid breathing, and
  • irritability.

Treatment is similar to that done for adults;

  • put the child in the shade or and air conditioned building,
  • loosen or remove tight or excessive clothing,
  • cool the child with evaporative cooling (mist skin with cool water and use fans) or give the child a cool (not cold) bath,
  • encourage Pedialyte or a sports drink, and
  • call your child's doctor for any additional advice.

If the child's body temperature reaches 105 F (40.5 C) or above, or other symptoms of heat stroke develop (no sweating, seizure, lethargy or loss of consciousness, call 911. Like adults, untreated heat exhaustion in children may quickly progress to heat stroke and death.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/13/2013
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