Heat-related illness: How to prevent

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Learn how to prevent, recognize and treat dehydration and other heat-related illnesses in children.

Key points

  • The body tries to shed excess heat when its core temperature rises above 37°C. It is harder to shed excess heat in high temperatures, high humidity and direct sunlight.
  • Dehydration is the most common heat-related illness. If you suspect dehydration, take your child to a cool area and give them water or clear juice.
  • If dehydration is not treated correctly or if children are engaged in prolonged activity in direct sunlight, they can also develop heat cramps, heat exhaustion and, in severe cases, heat stroke.
  • To prevent a heat-related illness, stay out of direct sunlight, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., rest in shady areas, have your child drink water and dress them in lightweight, light-coloured and loose clothing.
Last updated: November 9th 2020