As the hottest days of summer approach us, we need to be sure to pay attention for signs of heat exhaustion, especially in the older generation, young kids, and our furry friends. As they may not be able to express themselves the same as we would.
Heat Exhaustion – Warning signs are as follows
*ELDERLY– do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. Symptoms include: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting, skin: may be cool and moist, pulse rate: fast and weak, breathing: fast and shallow
*KIDS-Symptoms include pale skin, profuse sweating and nausea, dizziness, fainting, or weakness can also be signs. Can have a mild fever 100 – 102° F (37.8 – 39° C) for a short time. Most of the time, there is no fever. Most of these symptoms are caused by dehydration from sweating. A person can progress from heat exhaustion to heatstroke. So, all children with severe symptoms (such as fainting) need to be taking to the emergency room NOW. Mild symptoms (such as dizziness) can be treated at home with fluids and rest. But, if these don’t resolve with treatment, these children also need to be seen.
*DOGS-Heat exhaustion symptoms: intense panting, salivation, an anxious expression, staring without seeing, failing to respond to commands, skin that is warm and dry, fever, rapid pulse, fatigue or exhaustion, muscular weakness, and physical collapse. Heat stroke and heat prostration symptoms: warm nose and foot pads, glazed eyes, heavy panting, rapid pulse, a dark red tongue, fever, dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, immobility, and unconsciousness.
Many of the symptoms are the same, but all of them are preventable. Remember to allow them to take frequent breaks when doing outdoor activities, find shade when possible, and drink plenty of water.
If someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms,Rest in a cool place. Moving into an air-conditioned building is best, but at the very least, find a shady spot or sit in front of a fan. Have them rest on their back, back with their legs elevated higher than their heart level, drink cool fluids. Stick to water or sports drinks. Try cooling measures. If possible, take a cool shower, soak in a cool bath, or put towels soaked in cool water on their skin. If you’re outdoors and not near shelter, allowing them to soak in a cool pond or stream can help bring temperature down. Loosen clothing, remove any unnecessary clothing and make sure clothes are lightweight and nonbinding.
If cool down methods are not working or symptoms return find your nearest hospital via this link http://www.ushospitalfinder.com/
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