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Important Reminders for Protecting Kids from Extreme Heat


by MARIA ANCHUNDIA, MD

With the recent (and very early season) heat wave here in Central Florida, we wanted to share some important reminders for protecting your kids from the extreme heat.  It’s not often that it feels like the month of August and we are only in June! That being said, remember these heat safety tips so the kids can enjoy a safe summer:

  • Try to avoid being outdoors during the hottest times of the day. Early morning or early evening during the summer are the best times to be outside.
  • Stay hydrated!  Make sure they drink water before going outside, while outside and after they come in.  Dehydration can creep up quickly and be dangerous. Infants who are six months of age or younger should be given more breast milk and/or formula, whichever is their regular nutrition, to keep them hydrated.
  • Consider their clothing.  The best clothing will be light-colored, one layer, breathable material and cover as much skin as possible.  Remember to apply sunscreen to areas of skin that are exposed!
  • Stay cool. Consider a mixture of outdoor and indoor activities, such as a morning trip to the park and then the library.  

We hope these reminders are helpful, but don’t forget to consult with your pediatrician if you’re concerned about how to protect your child from prolonged periods in the heat.  If you notice signs of dehydration, such as dark-colored urine, excessive sleepiness, headache, and other symptoms, make sure to call your doctor right away. Should you need health care services or need a same-day appointment for your child, don’t hesitate to reach out to our medical staff at (866) 234-8534.

 

This column is sponsored by Central Florida Health Care, Inc., and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of CFAN or of its advertisers.

BIO: Maria Anchundia, MD is a pediatrician with Central Florida Health Care, Inc, and a valued member of our team serving kids of all ages at our Haines City location.  To make an appointment with one of our medical team or ask any questions about one of our 13 locations, call (866) 234-8534. Visit cfhconline.org for more information.