Tips for staying cool during the heat wave

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With temperatures topping out in triple digits, it’s best to keep children indoors in a cool room as much as possible this week.

If you must go outdoors, here are some WebMD tips for preventing heat-related illness:

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more.
  • Drink extra fluids. Because heat-related illness can also result from salt depletion, it may be advisable to substitute an electrolyte-rich sports drink for water during periods of extreme heat and humidity.
  • Take additional precautions when exercising or working outdoors. The general recommendation is to drink 20 ounces of fluid two hours before exercise. Consider adding another 8 ounces of water or sports drink right before exercise. During exercise, you should consume another 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid fluids containing caffeine because both it can make you lose fluids and worsen heat exhaustion.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Confusion
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

If you or anyone else have symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s essential to get out of the heat immediately and rest, preferably in a cool room. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.

If you or your child experience vomiting, loss of consciousness or a temperature above 103 degrees, call 9-1-1 immediately.