Heat Alert

Are Your Wee Ones Okay in this HOT HOT HOT Weather? 
Keep them safe and well by watching for these signs of heat illness in children

Heed these warning signals:

• Changes in behaviour such as sleepiness or temper tantrums.

• Dizziness or fainting.

• Nausea or vomiting.

• Headache.

• Rapid breathing and heartbeat.

• Extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

Tips for helping children cope:

• Children most at risk include those with asthma, heart or kidney problems, mental and physical disabilities, developmental disorders, diarrhea and those who take medications.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist if the medication increases risk to your child’s health in the heat.

• Give your child plenty of cool liquids before they feel thirsty and keep them hydrated.

• Dress them in loose-fitting clothing, a breathable hat and avoid exposure to the sun.

• Before heading out, check the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) in your area.  Children are more sensitive to air pollution which tends to be at higher levels during extreme heat.

• Apply sunscreen that is an SPF of 15 or higher, but remember – sunscreen protects against the sun’s ultraviolet rays but not the heat.  Do not apply sunscreen to a child less than six months old.

Source:  “Keep children cool.” Health Canada. www.healthcanada.gc.ca/cc
www.newscanada.com

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