Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Signs of Overheating in Babies & Toddlers

Summer is a time to learn the signs of overheating (also known as heat stroke). It doesn't take much to offset overheating, and it’s an important issue for parents to be aware of. Heat-related illness results in many children being admitted to emergency departments each year and also is a cause of infant and child mortality. This can happen in babies, toddlers and parents—and the symptoms are actually quite similar. In our next post we will explore some easy ways to avoid overheating—today we will share some tips on recognizing overheating or heat stroke:

  1. Signs of overheating are subtle at first, and may be confused with hunger or being tired.
  2. Temperature without sweating—anything above 100.4 in a baby is elevated and should be discussed with your pediatrician.
  3. Babies with red or dry skin may be showing signs of overheating.
  4. Vomiting
  5. Changes in behavior such as poor feeding, fussiness or excessive crying.
If you think your baby is demonstrating signs of being overheated as described above:
  1. CALL YOUR DOCTOR OR CALL 911. This can be a serious medical condition and may require immediate care.
  2. Undress baby and find a cool area such as an air conditioned space or a basin where you can give a cool washcloth bath.
  3. Follow your doctor’s instructions about eating/drinking and avoid giving any fever reducers until discussing with your pediatrician.