Knowing When Heat Stroke Requires Emergency Care

12 Jun 2018
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With flu season waning, it’s easy to think that the time for seasonal illnesses has ended. The reality, however, is that every season of the year comes with its own set of health ailments and risks, and summer is no exception. In the summertime, heatstroke or hypothermia can occur after spending a prolonged period in the sun at high temperatures.

Heatstroke is a condition that occurs when the body’s cooling mechanisms are overwhelmed by the heat, which causes core body temperature to rise to dangerous levels. Children are particularly susceptible to heatstroke, so it’s important to know how to prevent this illness from striking. Some preventive tips include:

  • Wear light-colored, light-weight, and loose-fitting clothing, preferably with a hat.
  • Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
  • Drink extra fluids (more than the recommended eight glasses of water per day) to prevent dehydration, and substitute for electrolyte sports drinks during times of extreme heat or humidity.
  • When exercising or working outside, consume eight ounces of water for every 20 minutes of activity.
  • Keep an eye on urine color, as darker urine is a sign of dehydration.

Sometimes, despite the best efforts, heat stroke can occur even when proper precautions are taken. If your family members exhibit any of the following symptoms, it’s important to seek emergency care:

  • Body temperature of about 103° F
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Disorientation
  • Low sweating despite the temperature
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures
  • Red, warm, dry skin

Taking a child to the emergency room can certainly be a nerve-racking experience, but Memorial Village ER takes special care to address pediatric needs in a compassionate, kid-friendly environment. Your child’s health is important, and you can feel confident knowing that Memorial Village ER offers state-of-the-art pediatric care in a dedicated treatment room with a physician that can speak with you directly.

Memorial Village ER is dedicated to making your entire emergency health experience smooth, comfortable, and transparent, whether you have an adult or pediatric health emergency.  There is no wait time when you come to the emergency room, and we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions you may have about your family’s health.