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What are symptoms of heat illness in a dehydrated child?

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  • Painful cramps of the abdominal muscles, arms, or legs.
  • Weakness, fatigue, or fainting after exercising in heat.
  • Heat exhaustion: Profuse sweating, fatigue, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, chills, weakness, excessive thirst, muscle aches and cramps, vision problems, flushing, agitation or irritability, and sometimes unconsciousness.
  • Heatstroke: High body temperature (often it's 104 F-105 F or higher), nausea and vomiting; seizures; disorientation or delirium; hot, dry skin; unconsciousness; coma; shortness of breath; decreased urination; or blood in urine or stool.

SOURCES:

Albert C. Hergenroeder, professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; chief, the sports medicine clinic, Texas Children's Hospital.

Jackie Berning, PhD, National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Heat-Related Illness. , Sept. 1, 1998. American Family Physician

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: Heat-Related Illness.

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on May 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Albert C. Hergenroeder, professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; chief, the sports medicine clinic, Texas Children's Hospital.

Jackie Berning, PhD, National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Heat-Related Illness. , Sept. 1, 1998. American Family Physician

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: Heat-Related Illness.

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on May 16, 2019

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