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Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Heat exhaustion is where your body gets too hot. If not treated quickly, it can turn into heatstroke, which can be life threatening.

Signs of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness and confusion, feeling sick and cramps.

The main way to treat heat exhaustion is to cool down by moving to a cool place and drinking plenty of fluids.

To avoid heat exhaustion during hot weather or exercise, drink plenty of cold drinks, take cool showers and wear light-coloured, loose clothing.

Read more on the NHS website.

Signs of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness and confusion, feeling sick and cramps.

Check for signs of heat exhaustion

The signs of heat exhaustion include:

The symptoms are often the same in adults and children, although children may become floppy and sleepy.

If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion, they need to be cooled down.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main way to treat heat exhaustion is to cool down by moving to a cool place and drinking plenty of fluids.

Self-care

Follow these 4 steps:

  1. Move them to a cool place.
  2. Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly.
  3. Get them to drink plenty of water. Sports or rehydration drinks are OK.
  4. Cool their skin – spray or sponge them with cool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits or neck are good, too.

Stay with them until they're better.

They should start to cool down and feel better within 30 minutes.

Read more on the NHS website.

To avoid heat exhaustion during hot weather or exercise, drink plenty of cold drinks, take cool showers and wear light-coloured, loose clothing.

Read more on the NHS website.