The scorching heat is affecting the large portion of the country and it’s critical for parents to closely watch their children, especially infants, to prevent them from suffering from serious heat-related illnesses.
As the heat wave’s severity caused massive power outages and has left two people dead, it’s critical for parents to protect their children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise parents or guardians to be mindful of the following tips to cope up with this extremely hot weather:
- Keep your kids cool and hydrated – Make sure they drink plenty of water. However, they should refrain from drinking excessively cold and sugary drinks. Regularly take showers or baths. Children must wear comfortable and loose clothing. Spend a few hours at the malls to cool down, especially if your air conditioning fails or there’s a power outage.
- Never leave your kids unattended inside a parked vehicle – Always bring your kids with you if you’re stepping out of the vehicle during travel. Your vehicle’s interior can heat up even during normal weather conditions and it can put your kids at high risk of suffering from heatstroke or much worst, death. Always lock your vehicle even inside the driveway as kids may accidentally go inside it while playing.
- Know heat-related warning signs and seek medical attention – Heavy sweating abnormal pulse rate, nausea, and vomiting are some of the common heat-related illnesses like heatstroke and heat exhaustion. If you think your kid is suffering from a heat-related illness, immediately bring him/her to a cooler place before you call 911.
It’s also important for parents to closely monitor weather and safety updates in their areas so they are aware of what’s happening around them. You may visit the National Weather Service to get state-specific weather updates.
When children are exposed to high temperatures, sweating may not be enough to cool down their body and it can cause damages to their brain and other vital organs. Newly born babies and toddlers are at great risk of heat-related illnesses.
The professional loan advisors at RPM Mortgage wishes your family a safe summer
Here at RPM Mortgage, we want to make sure your family, especially the children, are safe this summer. The tips above can help you protect your children from serious heat-related illnesses while enjoying summer.