Extreme heat: A few tips to get you through the day
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When extreme heat conditions are forecast it's important people consider a heat health action plan.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions occurring when the body’s temperature rises and the internal organs start to shut down.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion range from muscle cramps, dizziness and nausea to vomiting and fainting.
The risk of heat stress is higher for young children as they sweat quicker than adults and are less likely to be able to tell you they are dehydrated.
There are simple things people can do to prevent their children from suffering dehydration, heat stress or worse.
Make sure they are drinking water rather than sport drinks or fruit juices and if you’re worried they might be dehydrated, ask them when they last went to the toilet. If it’s been a few hours then they’re not drinking enough. If it’s been over six hours then they are likely to be dehydrated.
Here is some general health information for extreme heat conditions.