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 help.
  • Children need constant fluids to avoid heat stress. Water is ideal, but lemonade, sports drinks, 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.
  • Locate areas with shade for resting frequent rest periods.
  • Schedule activities for cooler times of the day. Avoid high activity during 10 am-3 pm.
  • Never leave anyone in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked or down.
  • Protect 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.
  • Sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater, made for children, can be applied if you cannot keep your child covered or in the shade.
  • Before using sunscreen, apply a small amount to a limited area and watch for any reaction. Contact your pediatrician if a rash develops.
  • Keep babies under 6 months of age out of direct sunlight.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours or following water activity or sweating.
  • If your baby gets sunburned, contact your pediatrician immediately. Dress your child in loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that covers the entire body, including a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.  Sunglasses with UV protection are also a great idea to protect your child’s eyes from the sun.

To learn more about protecting your child while outdoors, visit our health topic on Sun Safety.

Last Updated 04/2015