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Children and Extreme Heat
Extreme heat can be dangerous and
quickly turn into an emergency. Children’s bodies are different from
adults’ bodies in ways that make them more likely to be affected by extreme
heat during the summer. Children also rely on adults for their protection and
may not recognize that extreme heat can be a threat to their health and
safety. Infants and younger children may not be physically able to escape a
dangerous situation, such as a locked, parked car. In the summer heat, a
car can quickly become extremely hot inside. Here are some steps you can
take to beat the heat.
children cool. Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight,
children hydrated. Make sure children drink plenty of fluids and stay
away from drinks with too much sugar, such as sodas, fruit punch,
lemonade, sweetened powdered drinks, sports drinks, and energy drinks.
children are active, make sure they get adequate periods of rest.
your children from excess sun exposure by following sunburn and
the symptoms of heat-related illness and what to do if you or a loved
one shows signs. In some cases, medical help is needed immediately.
leave kids in a parked car. Children who are left unattended in parked
cars are at greater risk for heat stroke or even death. Leaving a
window open is not enough. Temperatures within cars rise rapidly, even
with the window open.
CDC has developed an activity book to prepare young
children for extreme heat.
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