Protecting your children from the Ottawa summer heat

Extreme summer temperatures are not only uncomfortable, they are also dangerous for your health. This is particularly true for young children who are unable to communicate heat discomfort and are more susceptible to illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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These illnesses occur when the body is not able to sweat fast enough to cool itself, and the condition is left untreated. The major symptoms often include:

  • Dizziness, weakness, nausea, headache and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Sweating
  • Feeling hot and thirsty
  • Having difficulty speaking
  • Confusion
  • Seizures

As a parent, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of heat illness in order to keep your child safe.

To prevent heat-related health concerns altogether, be sure to keep your child cool and hydrated during extreme heat. If at all possible, remain in an air-conditioned location if the outside temperature is above 30 degrees Celsius.

Clothing and accessories like hats and umbrellas can provide much-needed shade if you are outside in the sun for prolonged periods of time. Sunscreen is also useful in protecting your child’s sensitive skin from UV rays.

Above all, never leave a child unsupervised in a parked car, even for very short periods of time. If this happens, even lower temperatures can lead to heat-related illnesses or death, regardless of whether or not your car window is cracked.

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