East Tennessee Children’s Hospital warns parents about heat dangers

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As the temperature gets hotter and the heat index rises, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital reminds parents to be extra vigilant if your child will be spending time outdoors.

Dr. Ryan Redman, emergency room director at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, said a child’s body can heat up much faster than an adult’s body.

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Increased sweating
  • Cool, clammy skin
  • Elevation of body temperature

Dr. Redman reminds parents to teach your kids to drink plenty of fluids before and during any activity in the hot weather. He also encourages families with young children to take breaks whenever they are playing outdoors. Dressing kids in light-colored, loose clothing will also help cool them off and never leave them in a hot car.

“Cars at this time of year, with this kind of heat are very dangerous. It is never appropriate to leave a child in the car where they couldn’t get out,” said Dr. Redman. 

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