Heatstroke Prevention

Keep your child safe in the sun. Follow these safety tips for outdoor activities under the sun:

  • If your child begins to get sick or queasy from the heat, have him or her lie down in a cool, shady spot and give fluids. If this doesn't help, seek medical assistance.
  • Children need constant fluids to avoid heat stress. Water is ideal, but lemonade, fruit juices, snow cones and Popsicles also are good choices.  
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is a diuretic, which causes a person to urinate the water he or she should be retaining.
  • Protect babies' and children's skin from sunburns.  Most of our sun exposure happens before we turn 18 years old and may contribute to the risk of developing cancer later in life.
  • Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight.
  • Dress your baby in comfortable lightweight clothing that covers the entire body.
  • If your baby gets a sunburn, contact your pediatrician immediately.
  • Sunscreen can be applied if you cannot keep your baby covered or in the shade. Before using sunscreen, apply a small amount to a limited area and watch for any reaction.
  • Choose sunscreen specifically made for children, preferably waterproof.
  • If a rash develops, contact your child’s pediatrician.
  • Dress your child in clothing made of tightly woven fabrics.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection are also a great idea to protect your child’s eyes from the sun.

Last Updated 09/2012