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It’s really hot! Precautions you need to take for children

In periods of intense heat, children’s state of health can quickly deteriorate.

Be sure you:

  • Give the child a glass of water every 20 minutes
  • Cool the child’s skin several times during the day with a wet washcloth
  • Give the child a lukewarm bath or shower at least twice a day
  • Plan outdoor activities before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m.
  • Dress the child with light clothing and use a wide-brimmed hat for head protection

Breastfeed babies more often or give nursing bottle babies water in between
Never leave a child or a baby alone in a car or poorly ventilated room, even for only a few minutes.

Watch for these important symptoms

  • Less urine and/or dark urine
  • Dry skin, lips or mouth
  • Headache, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Abnormally pale or reddish skin colour
  • Sunken eyes and bags under eyes
  • High rectal body temperature of 38.5 °C or more
  • Unusual agitation, irritability or confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drowzy, excess sleep and difficulty waking up

If the child or baby shows one or more of these symptoms or if you have health-related questions, call Info-Santé 8-1-1 or speak to a health professional.

  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1

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