Heat stroke in babies
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Heat stroke is a condition where basically the body’s temperature rises while its ability to cool down shuts off. It’s a life-threatening condition.

Babies are especially vulnerable to heat stroke. Being outside in the hot weather makes your baby dehydrated which leads to a heat stroke. There can be many more causes for a heat stroke, like riding in a hot car, or covering your baby in warm clothes in a hot weather.

 

Causes of heat stroke in babies

The causes of a heat stroke and their better understanding can help the parents to resolve it. Some of these causes are:

  • Dehydration
  • Hot weather (extreme temperature)
  • Warm or stuffy clothes
  • Lack of oxygen in hot environments
  • Hungry (less consumption of food)

 

Symptoms of heat stroke

  • High temperature – but no sweating
  • Hot, red, dry skin
  • Unusually thirsty and tiered
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid pulse
  • Confusion/irritation
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargic behavior

 

Treating heat exhaustion

For a minor heat stroke, the following tips are recommended.

  • You will have to bring the baby’s internal temperature down quickly
  • Remove the stuffed clothes and dress your baby in loose clothing
  • Have them lay under a fan or in a room with air conditioning
  • Gently sponge down their forehead with a cold wet cloth
  • Put them in an ice bath if necessary

For a major heat stroke,

  • Call an ambulance or visit the nearest hospital
  • Talk to your baby reassuringly to keep them calm.

Heat strokes can be extremely dangerous if precautions are not taken. You must talk to your doctor about the steps you need to take to avoid a heat stroke for your baby. Remember the precautions and do not panic in such a situation.

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