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When temperatures rise, cases of heat stroke in children and babies. We all know that babies are very sensitive to changes in temperature, but few of us know the severity of heat stroke. A hot day at the beach, pool, or other outdoor location can go from being a day of pleasure to a day of nightmare. We must enjoy the good weather, but with caution.

The heat stroke is the most serious alteration of thermal regulation. It is a response of the body to an excessive loss of water and salt contained in sweat. The causes of heat stroke are due to excessive exposure to the sun, not being adequately hydrated or protected with appropriate lotions. Babies and the elderly are the groups most at risk of suffering from heat stroke along with people who are forced to work in hot weather exposed to the sun, those with diabetes, heart failure or high blood pressure, the obese and alcoholics.

Most heat stroke occurs on sunny days, but it can also occur in the shade and on muggy days. Among the most common symptoms that affect babies and children, we can mention:

- Irritability and discomfort

- Skin very irritated by sweat on the neck, chest and armpits

- Muscle cramps

- Exhaustion, tiredness and weakness

- Dizziness, nausea and vomiting

- Headache

- Fainting or loss of consciousness

- dehydration

If you notice that your baby has some of these symptoms, you should act in the following way:

- Give homemade serum (such as alkaline lemonade) or water to the baby. The alkaline lemonade can be prepared with the mixture of a liter of water, the juice of two lemons, a little salt, a tablespoon of baking soda and sugar to taste.

- Offer breast milk to the nursing baby

- Take the baby to a cool and ventilated place, or with air conditioning

- Remove all clothes from the baby

- Shower the baby with fresh water

- Let the baby rest In the event that the baby does not respond to these animations, it is advisable to seek medical advice immediately.

Heatstroke can be prevented:

- Offering liquids (water or natural juices) to babies and children, frequently

- Offering the breast on demand to the infant

- Eating several light meals throughout the day and if possible fresh or at room temperature

- Bathing your child more often

- Performing more relaxed activities for children

- Keeping the little ones protected from the sun, especially in the hottest hours

- Trying to be in cool and ventilated places

- Dressing babies in light cotton clothing

- Avoid spending a long time in the car

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