Thank goodness it's Friday! After a week of baking in the sun during this heatwave, most of us in SoCal are probably ready to call it quits on Summer, and welcome Autumn. Globally, summer of 2018 has reached record highs, and there has been reports of many people falling ill from heat-related reasons. We would like to extend a friendly reminder to our guests to ensure you do not become a statistic!
Make sure you and your children are drinking plenty of water! And despite raging electricity costs, please do not save on the A/C! Stay indoors as much as possible, and drink lots of water! For a low-cost option, bring your kids out to Magical Playground this weekend to relax in an air-conditioned space, and let your kids have some fun without the dangerous of heatstroke!
Our hours this weekend:
Saturday, August 4th - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday, August 5th - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Now that our shameless self-promo has been taken care of, here is some important information that can help save your children! How to notice the early signs of heatstroke:
If you notice erratic behavior, it is better to be safe than sorry. While the heat does make people grumpy, it is also a sign of something much more serious. If your child seems confused or agitated, and begins slurring, this is a sign that the heat is affecting him/her.
Breathing may become quicker and more shallow. They may also seem weaker, and as hyperventilation can also make the body grow numb and limp, make sure you take this warning sign seriously! Another side effect of this is that the pulse may also increase in speed in attempts to cool down the body.
A very obvious sign of heat stroke is vomiting, and should be taken care of as soon as possible.
WHAT TO DO
Priority number 1 is to COOL DOWN. Heatstroke is similar to maintaining a high fever - it can do lasting damages to the brain and body. Take your child to shade / air conditioning, and remove constricting clothing. If you are home, it is probably best to remove all clothing at this point. Make all efforts to cool down the child by fanning them and using cool water to sponge his/her body. I have also heard of diluting alcohol into water for an accelerated cooling effect, but be careful not to get the alcohol solution in his/her eyes and mouth. Drink lots of water, but avoid sugar, as it generates heat. Please note that drinking iced water can cause stomach aches at this point.
Take the child to a doctor or hospital if the child is unable to cool down and symptoms persist.