Warning Signs of
Bless her heart - she became so ill that she fainted. Her story ended well and she learned her lesson, unfortunately the hard way. She knew the dangers; she simply underestimated her own resolve against the powers of the sun.
The great news is that it is preventable by following a few simple steps - things that our dear relative will always make savvy use of in the future when challenged by that red rubber ball in the sky:
We are no match for Mother Nature. Always carry sufficient water, and plan your activities in the coolest part of the day such as early morning or late evening.
Be sure to protect your head from the heat whether it be in the form of a hat or umbrella. The hat should be adequately lined - not paper thin, so that it blocks as much heat as possible.
And because our heads produce quite a lot of heat on their lonesome, lift up the hat to remove penned-up heat every now and then.
Be sure that your hat as well as the rest of your attire is light colored - even your socks and shoes, or hiking boots. Dark colors draw heat as does concrete and sand.
Rushing serves to intensify heat, so move slowly in hot weather.
Sports drinks can assist in maintaining and restoring electrolyte balance. Your electrolytes include: sodium, potassium and calcium.
The signs of heat exhaustion appear differently in adults and children, particularly in very small children who may be unable to convey their distress. In children, watch for the following:
- when crying, no tears
- diapers remain dry
- dry mouth and tongue
- sunken tummy, sunken eyes, sunken cheeks
- confusion, feeling light-headed, foggy thoughts
- dry skin, hot skin, fever, no sweating*
If the above warning signs of heat exhaustion occur, get out of the heat immediately into cooler quarters. If symptoms do not quickly moderate, seek emergency help.
* In the event of no sweating, seek emergency help immediately, regardless of the condition of the individual.
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