Cool Rules: Preventing Heat Stress In Special Needs Children
Level 3: Heat Stroke
Heat Stroke is a life threatening medical emergency. Even one or two of these symptoms means your child needs immediate, professional, medical intervention. His body temperature can rise to 106 degrees in less than 15 minutes as the body’s ability to self cool shuts down. Seizures, coma and death can quickly occur. Call 911 and begin rapidly and safely cooling your child while waiting for the ambulance. Stay on the line with a physician or 911 operator for immediate guidance if the situation worsens. Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- NOT SWEATING
- Red, hot, dry skin
- An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
- Loss of consciousness
- Rapid and unusually strong pulse
- Shallow, noisy breathing
- Throbbing headache
- Dizziness or confusion
- Nausea, with or without vomiting
Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Heat Stroke
DO: Cool the child rapidly following the guidelines above.
DO: Call 911 immediately.
DO: Place a vomiting child on his side.
DO NOT: Give the child any fluids to drink or any food to eat.
DO NOT: Put anything in the child’s mouth if he starts having seizures.
DO NOT: Assume erratic, inappropriate or hyperactive behavior is a response to a stressful or stimulating environment if your child is at risk for heat stroke.
DO NOT: Delay calling 911 because you want to check your child’s temperature or because you checked your child’s temperature and it didn’t seem that high. There are many reasons for an inaccurate temperature.
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