Doctors warn parents to watch small children closely in hot weather

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - With temperatures in the 90s for the fifth day in a row, doctors are warning parents to keep an eye on their kids.

Medical experts say the younger children may not be able to express they are very thirsty.  So it's important that parents pay attention to the signs:  If children seem more fatigued than usual, if they stop sweating, if they not having as many wet diapers as they usually do or are just warm to the touch, they should be checked out.

While we do need to focus on young kiddos, the Department Health says children's core body temperature increases four to five times faster than that of an adult.

Here are more tips from the CDC on dealing with extreme heat:

You can take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.



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