Here’s some advice from our Emergency Department about how to keep your children safe in a heatwave.
Don’t allow your children to stay in the sun for long periods – and never leave them in a car on a hot day. Finding cool places for a sit down and resting in the shade is really important.
When they are in the sun, children should wear light clothing that covers as much of their skin as possible. Even if they’re covered up, make sure they’re covered in a high factor sun cream – from head to toe!
Make sure your children drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Remember, drinking little and often is best.
The first sign that a child is overheating is when they become grumpy or complain of a headache. If this happens, get them into a shaded place that is as cool as possible. Remove any clothing you can, give them water to drink and get them to rest.
If you are coming to a hospital appointment please dress in cool clothing and bring a cold drink with you.
Please consider all of the alternatives before coming to our Emergency Department. Those with less serious symptoms are likely to wait far longer than normal. You can get healthcare advice from NHS 111, your GP or visit Healthier Together: https://sybhealthiertogether.nhs.uk/
Following this simple advice means you and your children can enjoy the sun safely.
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