Hot weather information for Children and Parents

Children are more sensitive to heat and dehydration than adults. That’s why it’s important to limit the time young children spend outdoors in hot weather, especially if they are being active. Below are tips to stay cool, and what to do if a child shows signs of heat-related illness.

Keep kids cool

  • Make sure children drink lots of water during and after play
  • Dress children in light, loose clothing
  • Find a cool place for children to rest and sleep
  • As temperatures rise, gradually build up outdoor playtime over 1 to 2 weeks

Kids and cars

Never leave children in a car on a hot day. And when you arrive at a hot car, let the car cool down before putting children inside. It takes a very short amount of time for a child to overheat.

Respond to Heat illness

Learn the signs of heat-related illness, which can be anything from a cramps to something life-threatening. Heat stroke is an emergency and requires immediate medical attention. 

Heat Exhaustion


  • Heavy sweating
  • Extreme weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shallow breathing

What to do

  • Remove excess clothing
  • Rest in a cool area
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
  • Drink plenty of water

Heat Stroke 


  • Confusion
  • Rapid pulse
  • Seizures
  • Heavy sweating
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Body temperature of 103 or higher

What to do

  1. Call 9-1-1
  2. Move to an air-conditioned space
  3. Cool down with cold towels and ice