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Hot weather: particularly vulnerable children

5 August 2020 - 14h03

During the summer period and especially the heat peaks, children are the most sensitive to ailments linked to the rise of temperatures. The government warns against the risks and recalls the right things to do.

Prevention is better than cure. In a press release, the government recalls that infants under one should not be exposed to the sun. In general, children should not be exposed between 12pm and 4pm, “a time slot during which prolonged exposure increases the risk of sunstroke or heat stroke.” But whatever the place and time of exposure, sun protection index 50 is essential on every not covered body’s part; and  must be renewed every two hours and after each swim. A hat, sunglasses and a t-shirt are also essential to protect the body and head of children.

Hydrate regularly

In addition to this double protection, regular hydration is recommended. Water loss can be very rapid for infants under six months of age. “Water represents 75% to 80% of a new-born’s weight, compared to 65% in infants over one year old,” it said. In case of dehydration, it is important to cool the child by putting him in the shade, undressing him, giving him drink and getting his skin wet. If the symptoms persist, the numbers to dial remain 18 or 112.

Temperature reviews

Also, in the press release, the government insists about the fact of “never leaving a child alone in a car immobilized in the sun.” In ten minutes, the temperature can rise ten degrees in the cabin! And can reach over 45 degrees, even with relatively cool outside temperatures, that is, between 15 and 20 degrees.

Shoona WOOLLEY

© Michael Alesi – Direction de la Communication

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