Summer Safety: Doctor gives tips on how to avoid heat stroke

Summer Safety: Doctor gives tips on how to avoid heat stroke

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The summer sun is here, and for teenagers, heat stroke is something to keep an eye on.

In fact, it is one of the leading causes of death for that age group.

"It's always a good idea to at least check on your child every few minutes. The younger they are, the more susceptible they are to heat stroke and heat exhaustion," Dr. Tyson Purdy, with Grace Clinic, said.

Dr. Purdy said hydration and sunscreen are key for heat safety, but knowing when to get out of the heat is even more important.

"Heat exhaustion is when you're unable to sweat and your core temperature rises so much that you are not able cool yourself off effectively. That's when it becomes an emergency. That's when you need to stop what you're doing, get indoors, cool off your core temperature, and hydrate," Purdy said.

However, Dr. Purdy added heat stroke is something children and young adults do not think about until it affects them.

He said it is up to the parents to make sure it is not too late. 

"They really won't stop and tell you, so you have to look for signs of disorientation. If they haven't had anything to drink in a while, or if their face is really flush, it might be a good idea to get them cooled off and hydrated," Dr. Purdy said.

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