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Heat Exhaustion

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Updated July 20, 2009

Definition: Heat exhaustion occurs after overexposure to high heat. It is the more mild form of heat illness, and can progress to heat stroke if not treated.

Babies who have heat exhaustion may have the following symptoms:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Pale skin
  • Nausea or vomiting

Because heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, it's important to treat heat exhaustion immediately. Treatment for heat exhaustion includes:

  • Moving to a cooler location
  • Drinking fluids to prevent dehydration
  • Sponging off with cool water
  • Rest
Also Known As: heat illness
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