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Medical Minute: Keeping babies and children protected in scorching heat wave

As extreme heat continues this week across our region, it’s critical to monitor your children — especially babies, says Madison Parker, a nurse practitioner at Beacon Medical Group Pediatrics Main Street.

“Babies aren’t as adaptable to the heat change as adults. They get hot more quickly than we do,” she says. “So if you’re starting to overheat, it’s possible your baby has been overheating before you.”

In our latest Medical Minute, learn essential tips on:

  • Understanding why babies don’t sweat like adults
  • Dressing your baby appropriately for the heat
  • The importance of sunscreen to prevent sunburn and sun poisoning
  • Increasing fluid intake for children
  • Recognizing signs of heat exhaustion and preventing heat stroke in adolescents and teens, and knowing when to seek medical assistance

Stay informed and keep your babies, children and teens safe:

 

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About Heidi Prescott

Passionate about writing her whole life, Heidi Prescott joined Beacon Health System in 2015 and currently serves as Senior Media Relations Strategist. A former newspaper journalist who has experience in TV, radio, magazines and social media, Heidi loves storytelling, photography and spending time in nature.