Doctors urge caution as heat takes over East Tennessee

Doctors urge caution as heat takes over East Tennessee

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"Never, ever, leave your children unattended inside a car, even if it's just for a few minutes and make sure the car is locked, because sometimes kids will get into the cars and start playing and then bad things can happen," said Dr. Colleen Costello. "Never, ever, leave your children unattended inside a car, even if it's just for a few minutes and make sure the car is locked, because sometimes kids will get into the cars and start playing and then bad things can happen," said Dr. Colleen Costello.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Temperatures have begun to soar across East Tennessee and as they continue to rise, doctors want to make sure you're taking the proper precautions.

A dome of hot air is quickly setting in over the region, one we haven't seen since last year.

Other parts of the country have been feeling the heat this summer but we've been spared. In case you forgot what it's like, doctors want to remind you to use caution, especially with children.

"Make sure they're dressed in cool loose clothing nothing that's too hot or restrictive. Make sure you have a lot of water or sports drinks are really great because they can replace electrolytes," said Dr. Colleen Costello from East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

Dr. Costello also says to only go out in the morning and evening hours when it's cooler. Using sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 is also important.

Doctors say to come in immediately if you feel overheated.

"Watch for your kids looking like they are really tired," said Dr. Costello. "Their lips will start looking dry, their lips or their tongue."

Some other signs of heat exhaustion are muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, headache and fainting.

If you see those signs, doctors say to get the child into a cool place immediately or it could develop into heat stroke, a much worse condition.

Officials across the country are also teaming up to warn of another danger of the heat: children inside cars.

"Never, ever, leave your children unattended inside a car, even if it's just for a few minutes and make sure the car is locked, because sometimes kids will get into the cars and start playing and then bad things can happen," said Dr. Costello.

So far this year, 20 children have died as a result of being locked inside cars and now carsafe.gov is reminding parents in a new campaign to "Look before you Lock," an effort they hope will help keep that number down as the heat continues.

If you would like more tips from Children's Hospital on how to stay safe in the heat click here.

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