During the hot months of summer, many people nationwide put themselves at risk of suffering a heat related illness. In particular, young children and infants are more susceptible to overheating. They cannot sweat or release heat as efficiently as adults, so it is extremely important that these individuals are closely supervised when outside. If you notice your child exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion, move him or her to a cool place immediately and have him or her drink plenty of fluids such as water or Gatorade.
Protect Your Child
There are certain steps that you can take to protect your child against the dangers of extreme heat. If you take the following steps, he or she can be safeguarded, at least while under your care:
- Mandate that the child wear a hat while in the sun
- Apply sunscreen to his or her face and body (at least SPF 15)
- Do not leave your children in a hot car unattended
- Teach your children about the importance of warming up, cooling down, taking breaks, and staying hydrated while participating in physical activities in the heat
- Make sure your child is wearing light, wicking, and light-colored clothing
- Make sure your child drinks enough water throughout the day
Coaches should know to watch for signs of heat-related illnesses in their players and to give children breaks when necessary. Failure on their behalf to do so may result in your child’s development of heat exhaustion or, in severe conditions, heat stroke.
If your child has suffered a heat-related illness because of negligent supervision or coaching, then you deserve to demand justice from the responsible party. Contact child injury lawyer Jeffrey Killino today at 877-875-2927 to learn more about your legal rights and options in this situation.