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When are children at risk of heat stroke?

Children are most at risk of heat stroke during the summer. Exertional heat stroke happens a lot with children and adolescents, especially during the summer time. The main time of concern is the month of August when children start training in different school activities and there is a high humidity. When the humidity index is more than 60% to 75%, the body is unable to use evaporation as a source to cool down the body. That then increases the chance that they'll develop hyperthermia, or a temperature greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to heat stroke.

Since children are at risk of heat stroke, the temperature should be monitored when children are exercising or participating in activities outside. People need to know what the heat index and humidity is and pay attention. Children may not be sweating profusely, but if they start having nausea, complain of headaches and a racing heart, then that should really be taken seriously and efforts should be made to lower their temperature.

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