ERs preparing for heat-related injuries

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With the summer months come more visits to the park and playground, and the potential for heat-related injuries.

“Make sure your children are adequately hydrated, offer them cool drinks through the day, every hour,” said Dr. Sweeti Jain, medical director at Baptist Children’s Hospital Emergency Room.

Jain recommends wearing lighter-colored clothes and taking breaks in between the summer fun to help reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

“If you see signs of heat exhaustion, it may look like decreased energy or activity levels, children may have extreme fatigue,” said Jain.

Another potential cause of injuries includes fireworks. Dr. Jain said make sure your kids are at a safe distance before setting off fireworks.

“Because they’re smaller, and the higher force impacts them greater, and so we often see burns to the hands, burns to the face,” said Jain.