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First Aid: Heat Illness


First Aid

Heat exhaustion starts slowly, but if it's not quickly treated it can progress to heatstroke. In heatstroke, a person's temperature reaches 105°F (40.5°C) or higher. Heatstroke requires immediate emergency medical care and can be fatal.

Signs and Symptoms

Of heat exhaustion:

Of heatstroke:

What to Do

If your child has symptoms of heatstroke, seek emergency medical care immediately. In cases of heat exhaustion or while awaiting help for a child with possible heatstroke:

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Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014


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