Heat Exhaustion is the Pits – Know the Signs
It’s HOTT in Colorado! I mean, it’s hot in other places too, but we’re here to talk about beating the Colorado heat. The sun is so close here that you can literally feel your skin sizzling in the mid-day sun. Despite the heat, we all want to be outside in the summer; playing with our kids, exercising, attending festivals, drinking on patios and drinking on patios. Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion and how to avoid it can save you from the much more severe effects of heat stroke.
According to the Mayo Clinic, heat exhaustion can cause heavy sweating, rapid pulse, dizziness, fatigue, cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat, muscle cramps, nausea and headache. Heat stroke is when your body temperature rises to 104 degrees or higher. This can damage your organs and can most certainly be fatal.
None of that stuff sounds fun. So here are some of the things you can do to avoid a heat related catastrophe.
First and foremost, HYDRATE!
Hydration is literally your greatest weapon against heat exhaustion. Do you drink your recommended daily amount of water? I know I don’t. On a particularly hot day, you’ll need to double up on your water intake. It doesn’t even have to be water; almost any beverage will do. Except booze, I checked…twice.
Prepare for the heat.
If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the hot, hot sun, prepare accordingly.
· Bring abundant amounts of water/liquids.
· Find the shady spots and stay close.
· Wear light, breathable clothing.
· Bring a small misting fan or giant palm leaves to create a “who can fan mama the fastest?” game for the kiddies.
· Locate an indoor back-up plan in-case things get dire.
· Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion!
If you or your child starts to experience any of the symptoms of heat exhaustion, move inside, drink something cold, apply a cool compress to the armpits or groin area and bring that body temperature down. If you have surpassed heat exhaustion and you or someone you know are experiencing heat stroke, seek immediate medical attention.
Living in Colorado means we don’t have to deal with the heat as much as say, residents of Arizona, but in the dead of summer, we still need to be aware of it and take the proper precautions. This is especially important if you have young children who would spend every minute of their day outside without a 2nd thought about the heat. It’s relatively easy to spot the symptoms in your own body, but by the time your kiddo lets you know something is wrong, it might be too late. Stay cool, stay vigilante!
"Heat exhaustion Symptoms." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 25 Nov. 2014. Web. 30 June 2017.
"Heat exhaustion vs. heatstroke: What are the warning signs and how should you react?" Local Weather from AccuWeather.com - Superior Accuracy™. AccuWeather, Inc., n.d. Web. 30 June 2017.