After attending online classes for 2 years in the country due to the Corona epidemic, now once again children have started going to school. Going back to school and meeting friends is a good thing for kids, but for kids the record-breaking heat poses a new risk. As the temperature rises, it becomes difficult to step out even for a few minutes.
The situation is likely to worsen between mid-April and mid-June, with the temperature extreme over the plains of North West, Central and North East India. Children are more likely to be victims of heat stroke during this period.
Ways to protect children from heatstroke in scorching heat:
1. Hydration- Your baby gets dehydrated quickly due to the heat. This can make them dizzy. Ask the children to drink more and more water during the summer season, so that the children remain active throughout the day. Consumption of more water reduces the effect of Looni. If the child does not drink water, make sure that he drinks 2 to 3 liters of water daily. Apart from this, you can also give him coconut water, lemonade, khus syrup.
2. Limit outdoor activities – Your kids may insist on playing outside or going outside. So try to limit your outdoor activity during lunch time. Ask them to play at home or wait outside when the temperature is cold. The summer season is marked by strong sunlight between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. After 5 pm the weather cools down a bit and the risk of heatstroke subsides. If your kids insist on going out, ask them to go in the evening.
3. Apply Sunscreen- Sunscreen is essential not only for elders but also for young children. Children’s skin is more delicate than adults. Heat stroke increases the risk of sunburn and acne. So whenever your child goes out in the afternoon, apply good sunscreen on all exposed parts of his body. You can also give him a hat and an umbrella to protect him from the scorching sun.
4. Dress children in loose and thin clothes- Dress children in light colored cotton clothes during this season. Cotton clothes absorb sweat better than other fabrics. Lightweight cotton fabrics feel less heat. Apart from this, cotton clothes do not cause rashes and itching on the skin.
5. Healthy Diet- Feed the children fresh and light food daily keeping in mind the season. Fatty, rancid and fried foods can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Include seasonal, fresh fruits and green vegetables in children’s diet. Seasonal products can keep them hydrated and boost their immunity.
6. Watch out for signs of heatstroke – Even after taking all precautions, the possibility of heatstroke cannot be ruled out. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms of luna so that you can take action at the right time to avoid any problems. Common symptoms of Luna include excessive sweating, pallor, muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headache, and vomiting.