Doctors warn of signs to look for, dangerous to anyone while dealing with heat and humidity
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Hot and humid weather conditions are in the forecast for this weekend. These conditions can be dangerous to anyone, but especially the elderly and children.
An emergency room doctor with Hasbro Children’s Hospital says if you don’t take the proper precautions, the heat can make you or your children sick.
He says prevention is key, keep hydrated, take breaks from activities, and seek out shade when you can. He also says it is important to dress appropriately for the heat and to wear sunscreen.
Professionals and officials also urge not to leave children in a hot car, even for a short time.
Dr. Mark Zonfrillo, Hasbro Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician said, “With COVID, adults may be more likely to leave their children in the car intentionally, for a brief period, while they go into a store to run an errand so as to not expose their children, given the pandemic. However, this can be very dangerous, especially during the midst of a heat wave.”
Zonfrillo says the best option is to leave your child at home with someone else if possible, or if you must bring them, have them wear a mask and wash their hands afterward.
Symptoms of heat illness include dizziness, sweating, and changes in breathing. He says to get that person indoors and give them water.
If a person passes out or appears disoriented, collapses, or has sweating, it’s time to call 9-1-1.