Playing outside can be a lot of fun, but being out in the heat too long can cause serious heat-related illnesses like heat syncope (fainting from heat), heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Watch children carefully to make sure they don’t get too hot and that they get plenty of water. If your child starts to act overheated, tired or weak, he or she should be taken out of the sun and given liquid to drink.

If your child is suffering from any of the following, call your doctor immediately:

• an unexplained fever higher than 102° Fahrenheit
• nausea
• vomiting
• fainting
• delirium (seems temporarily mentally confused)
• diarrhea
• red, hot skin that is no longer sweating


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Sun Safety (

Heat exhaustion: First aid (

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