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Children’s health in summer


The following symptoms suggest heat exhaustion and should receive medical attention
• Feeling faint and tired
• Headache
• Increase in body temperature
• Intense thirst
• Not urinating for many hours
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Breathing faster or deeper than normal
• Skin numbness or tingling
• Muscle aches
• Muscle spasms
For first aid, bring your child to a cooler place indoors, an air-conditioned car, or shady area and remove your child’s excess clothing. Encourage your child to drink cool fluids containing salt and sugar and put a cool, wet cloth or cool water on your child’s skin. You can also apply pure aloe vera gel to any sunburned areas.However if the sunburn is severe and there are blisters, do not apply anything and wait for the doctor’s recommendation.
During the summer, don’t forget about your child’s mental health! Children may become anxious or restless because of being kept indoors. Plan ahead for indoor activities and games, and limit the amount of time spent watching television.
Happy holidays!

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Dr. Krishna Mahathi holds diplomas in Pediatrics and in the management of allergies and asthma. Years of working and interacting with children and parents have given her insight into developmental disabilities. She wishes that there was more awareness and acceptance of the issues that differently-abled children face and hopes that through this blog, she can enable thse children and their families to make sensible and informed choices.


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