With temperatures rising, it’s important to remember that heat exhaustion is a very real and very scary situation that happens all too often!
We here at Keiki Corner want to give you some tips on how to avoid heat exhaustion while you are on your next ohana outing in the summer heat!
First let’s talk about what heat exhaustion is:
“Heat Exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you've been exposed to high temperatures, and it often is accompanied by dehydration, There are two types of heat exhaustion. Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness. Salt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness. Although heat exhaustion isn't as serious as heat stroke, it isn't something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death”
How do you know if you or someone you love is experiencing heat exhaustion?
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The most common signs of heat exhaustion are:
-Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
-Muscle or abdominal cramps
-Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
So how do you avoid heat exhaustion? Following these 5 simple steps can prevent you and your keiki from experiencing heat exhaustion:
-Drink plenty of liquids! Avoiding sodas and other caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
-Use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen
-Wear light colors and loose fitting clothing
-Wear a whole brimmed hat
-Bring extra fluids out with you
-Be sure to always check your local weather station to know when the hottest points of the day are and plan accordingly!
Stay cool, hydrated, and prepared this summer!