Doctors urge parents to learn signs of heat-related illness in children


BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — As the summer temperatures continue to rise, doctors are urging parents to be aware of signs your child could be overheated.

Candice Dye is an assistant Professor at UAB and pediatrician at Children’s of Alabama. Dye says children show signs of being overheated that some parents might not notice.

“Getting very red-faced, sweating, profuse sweating,” said Dye. “If they’re getting dizzy. Certainly, if they’re not making sense. Those are more concerning signs.” 

Dye says it is important to examine your child when they’re playing outside because everyone’s tolerance to heat is different.

“One child may be more sensitive, and especially the younger children and they’re not going to be able to say, mom, dad, grandma, or grandad, I’m hot and I need to take a break,” said Dye. “They’re going to keep playing, and they’re going to get into trouble sooner. So just protecting them from that, and helping them avoid those dramatic shifts, and making them take that break. Even when they don’t want to.”

Parents can take action to help. Dye says keeping your child hydrated at all times is key.

“Their clothing, dressing in light loose fit clothing. Taking the opportunity of shade where you can find it. And then shifting those activities if you are going to be outside, to the ends of the day, earlier in the morning, or later in the afternoon and evening if you can to avoid that dramatic heat in the middle of the day.” said Dye.

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