Did you know that fevers are pretty rare when they come from an illness?
It's the body's immune response to whatever it is your kid picked up!
We're talkin' about fever caused by the environment — like that sun beating down outside during the summer. This means you should be keeping kids outside playing and exercising in mind, especially as athletic practices are starting up.
The most dangerous thing would probably be desert bear-fighting, but we feel like that because it's not a real thing that parents shouldn't worry too much about it specifically for now.
During other forms of physical activity, though, you should watch out for this shizz:
- Insufficient water intake: It is not only important to drink a lot of water during exercise, but it also is equally important to prehydrate before exercise and rehydrate afterward.
- Age: Children have more difficulty adapting to hot environments than adults.
- Weather conditions: Exercising on a humid day decreases evaporation.
- Poor conditioning.
- Clothing: Wearing heavy sporting equipment that reduces cooling or dark clothing that absorbs heat.
Not a lot of people think of prehydrating, but that's something everyone should be doing!
Exercise isn't the only danger, either. Cars can get horrible quickly. The temp inside a car can quickly rise to more than 120 degrees even if it is only 80 degrees outside.
According to statistics, 33 vehicle-related deaths occurred among children in 2011, and 23 deaths have already occurred this year.
Here's how to help prevent that:
- TAKE THE KIDS INTO THE STORE WITH YOU.
- Always keep the car locked with the windows rolled up when it is not in use. The trunk needs to be locked as well.
- Do not leave car keys in a place where young children can find them. Remote control "car keys" are very appealing to children.
- Whenever you transport a child in the car, put something you need next to the child that forces you to look in the back seat before you leave the vehicle.
- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even for a minute.
- Always check the back seat before you leave the vehicle. This applies whether you are doing a chore or going to work.
- You are more likely to overlook something or make a mistake if you are tired, rushed or frustrated. Pay extra attention to safety if your mind is preoccupied.
Let's keep our kids safe!!
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