Heatstroke and children: 10 tips to prevent it

Who I am
Catherine Le Nevez
Author and references

Source: alamy

Summer in progress, temperatures rising, many opportunities to be outdoors. And the risk, especially for children, of being affected by a heat stroke.

In view of the summer heatwaves, the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital has published ten child-friendly tips for preventing heatstroke.

Heatstroke: What is it?

Heat stroke is a malaise due to a sudden rise in body temperature that can manifest itself with nausea, tense pain, cramps, fainting and, in the most serious cases, disturbances of consciousness.

1 - No sports during the hottest hours

Better to avoid letting the baby out and doing physical activity during the hottest hours of the day

2- Nothing just between 11 and 17

Do not expose your child to the sun at the most risky times

3 - Increase the ventilation of the environment

You can use a fan or an air conditioner, taking care to keep the ambient temperature of 23-24 ° and trying not to go continuously from warmer to cooler environments and vice versa. With the air conditioner, also try to lower the ambient humidity.

4 - Wear light clothing

Dress the child in light clothing (preferably natural fibers, such as cotton or linen) that allow transpiration.

5 - Better light clothes

Light-colored clothes repel the sun's rays. It is therefore better to dress the little one with soft and light colors.

6 - Expose children to direct sunlight

with caution

The sun's rays are very useful because they favor the production of vitamin D, but the exposure must take place gradually. Therefore it is better to expose the children to direct sun only after the year and always with caution.

7 - Always in the sun with sunscreen

Always use high protection sunscreen. Not wearing it could cause rashes or burns.

8 - Freshen up often

Wet your head often and freshen your body with showers or baths

9 - Drink a lot

To replenish the fluids lost through sweating, increase your water intake.

10 - Fruits and vegetables in the diet

Give preference to a diet rich in fruit and vegetables (Read also: hot sos, tips for children)

Tips for avoiding heat stroke according to the Bambino Gesù Hospital

What is heatstroke and the symptoms

Heat stroke it is a summer sickness due to a sudden rise in body temperature. It manifests itself with several symptoms:

  • nausea,
  • headache,
  • increased body temperature,
  • cramps,
  • fainting
  • and sometimes even disturbances of consciousness.

Causes of heat stroke

There are three main causes:

  • high temperature,
  • high humidity,
  • poor ventilation.

Heatstroke in children, how to intervene

  • Immediately take the child to a shady and ventilated place.
  • If he shows signs of fainting, place him on the ground lying down with his legs raised above the body.
  • Give fluids that are not too cold and in small sips.
  • If fever above 38 ° occurs, give an antipyretic (paracetamol or ibuprofen).
  • If the baby does not improve or if he has disturbed consciousness, take him to the nearest emergency room.

Water, fruit and vegetables to better face the heat

Better to reduce your calorie intake when temperatures rise, especially by decreasing the consumption of fatty foods. Better to eat simple carbohydrates, easier to digest.

It is important to drink a lot and increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables. Salad, courgette flowers, aubergines, peppers and tomatoes are some of the healthy foods to consume during the warm months.

Vegetables contain many mineral salts (calcium, iron, fluorine, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and potassium), vitamins (A, C, B1, B2, B12, E, niacin, pantothenic acid and biotin), water (for the 80-90%) and fibers.

Source: Bambino Gesù Hospital


A day at the beach before and after having children

go to the gallery

Going to the beach at dawn instead of on a lunch break, running to put sunscreen on your two-year-old son instead of relaxing on the deckchair, paying attention to the waves instead of ...

Also check out the drowning first aid video

  • hot
  • 1-2 children years
add a comment of Heatstroke and children: 10 tips to prevent it
Comment sent successfully! We will review it in the next few hours.