Top Tips for Keeping Kids Safe in the Heat, According to a Chicago Pediatrician

Dr. Marcelo Malakooti, the attending physician in the Pediatric ICU at Lurie Children’s Hospital says unfortunately, every summer he will see a surge of young patients suffering from heat-related illness. Here are his tips for keeping kids safe in the heat as the Chicago area braces for a dangerously hot weekend.

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Dr. Marcelo Malakooti, the attending physician in the Pediatric ICU at Lurie Children’s Hospital, recommends ensuring your children drink plenty of water, and sports drinks that put electrolytes back in the system. Make sure this is done before, during and after activities, he said.
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Light clothing reflects heat and loose clothing allows skin to breathe, Malakooti says.
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Avoid strenuous activities with kids between noon and 6 p.m. Get out in the morning and do indoor activities in the heat of the day, Malakooti recommends.
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Watch for muscle cramping, headache, dizziness and a lack of perspiration, all of which could be signs of heat stroke, according to Malakooti. Should you suspect your child is suffering from heat stroke, call 911.
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