Now that temperatures are on the rise, here are few tips to avoid heat related health issues for your children and yourself.
1. Take plenty of fluids – heard this all the time. Yes, but keep reminding yourself and family members particularly children. Of course water is the best, but you also got options like coconut water, buttermilk and yogurt drinks.
2. Fruits, fruits and fruits – fresh fruit, fruit juices, fruit ice lollies, fruit milk shakes, smoothies. Options are plenty
3. Sugary drinks and caffeinated drinks – not advised, so keep away from them
4. Small regular meals than heavy spicy meals
5. And if you have to go out, dress in light cotton clothes and take an umbrella or hat
6. Avoid afternoon sun exposure as much as possible
7. Kids can overheat fast – symptoms range from body becoming red, profuse sweating, increased thirst, vomiting, cramps to feeling lightheaded or losing consciousness.
So don’t delay and seek medical opinion urgently.
8. As a paediatrician, I can’t end the topic without mentioning about the little ones – our babies
– Keep babies on cotton sheets and dress them in light cotton clothes
– Exclusively breast fed babies will not need extra water. They may breast feed more frequently
– Try and limit oil massages and moisturising lotions
– Also don’t spray prickly heat powder all over the body. Limit its use and make sure baby doesn’t breathe it.
– And finally, baby can sleep in a A/C room, just make sure its not directly into baby’s face and room is not too cold.
These are some of the common queries I get from parents in my Paediatric clinic. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me….