Babies and Heat Stroke

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A life-threatening condition could affect your baby if you're not careful.

Only two weeks old and baby Kaitlyn is already enjoying the beautiful weather of summer, but new mom Amber Krisitan knows how dangerous this heat can be for her baby and takes no shortcuts when it comes to safety.

Amber says, "We usually take her blanket and just wrap it around her stomach so she still feels secure, but we'll keep it off her feet; that, or we'll give her a sponge bath."

With a baby new parents may not always think of heat stroke as one danger to look out for.

Signs that your baby could be having a heat stroke are red, dry skin, rapid pulse restlessness, irritability, vomiting, and shallow breathing, to name a few.

Thomas County paramedic Martin Smith says, "If the baby is just really lethargic, or feels extremely hot to the touch, not wanting to drink or is profusely sweating, then it’s time to call 911."

Experts say dressing your baby in clothing with short sleeves and light colors will keep your baby looking and feeling cool all summer long.

For more information on how to keep your baby cool in the summer, contact your local Emergency Services or talk to your pediatrician.