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If you live in a place where summer starts strong and with very high temperatures, it would help you to know some tips on how to act in the face of a heat wave, to help protect the health especially of children and the elderly. Red Cross remember a series of measures to avoid symptoms of high temperatures, such as dizziness, headaches, burns, etc.
To combat the negative effects of heat, the Red Cross recommends:
- Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure in sunny hours. Better to be in the shade.
- Avoid staying outside the houses during the central hours of the day.
- Lower the blinds, awnings, curtains, to prevent the sun from entering the house directly.
- Wear light clothing, not tight and light colors.
- Always wear a head protector: hats, caps, scarves ...
- Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, for grandparents.
- Avoid sudden temperature changes.
- Avoid doing intense physical exercises in the middle of the day.
- Stay, whenever possible, in the shade, in cool or heated places. Regulate the air conditioning to 24-26 degrees.
- Apply cream and sun filters on the skin of children.
- Do not leave children or elderly people inside a closed car.
- Promote a light diet, with green foods, fruits, etc.
It is very important that parents, as well as caregivers or teachers, observe children. If the child complains of a headache or dizziness, or suffers a skin burn, go immediately to the pediatrician.
Remember that children, as well as the elderly, are the most vulnerable to heat.
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