We live in Texas where the temperatures and the sun is beaming all day every day for most of the year. We routinely wear shorts and t-shirts into December and again in February. However, with hot weather comes a heavy responsibility to protect kids from heat stroke.
Children will play and play, and because they are having fun they do not know that their bodies are overheating and shutting down. Daycare providers need to know the severity of this issue and use good judgment and know when enough is enough. Parents are trusting these teachers to represent their children well and to be a duplicate of what the parents are to the children while the parents are at work.
What Is Heat Stroke?
Heatstroke in children is a condition caused when a child’s body overheats. The most serious forms of heat stroke occur when a child’s body temperature rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or above. We all know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, but they generally are: high temperatures, headaches, nausea, rapid heart rate, flush skin, dehydration, loss of balance, and altered mental state (hazy).
Kids Are More Susceptible To Heat Stroke
The younger you are or the older you are, the less your body is able to handle the heat. In the very young, the central nervous system is not fully developed yet. This means that your body is not able to deal with or handle the changes in body temperature caused by long exposures to sunlight or hot temperatures. It causes the kids to struggle maintaining proper hydration, which is another risk factor of getting heat stroke for kids.
What Can Happen If Heat Stroke Is Not Quickly Responded To?
Heat stroke can result in serious damages and even death if not quickly and adequately handled. Heat strokes can lead to vital organ damages, particularly brain damage as a result of swelling. This is a serious topic and is easily missed by these daycare centers.
What Precautions Do We Expect Daycare's To Take To Prevent Heat Stroke To The Kids?
Obviously, there are many things daycare centers and providers can do to prevent heat stroke to the kids they are responsible for taking care of. However, a simple list is:
- Don’t let the kids play outside when the temperature is 100 degrees or hotter
- Don’t let the kids be outside for more than 2-3 hours at a time during the summer if the temperature is in the 90’s
- Supervise the kids and look at their faces to pay attention to their faces being flush
- Provide plenty of water for them while outside playing and once returning
Each daycare provider should be trained on the signs, symptoms and care protocol of what to do if a child is in the early stages of heat stroke.
- What do you do?
- Who do you call?
- What can you do while waiting on EMS?
There are specific training courses on heat stroke and heat-related medical care that daycare's in Texas should provide to their employees.
What Would The Button Law Firm Do To Help?
We envision a world that kids are allowed to go to daycare and not be harmed or killed as a result of heat stroke. It is better for child care providers to be proactive than reactive. But in the event heat stroke does occur, make sure that the providers know what to do to prevent it from causing injury or even death to the child.
We make sure to get to the bottom of what happened and why. Parents deserve answers. Unfortunately, in heatstroke cases, we see that parents are not told the real truth, which we ultimately end up discovering about what happened and how preventable it was.
Want To Learn More About Cases Involving Injuries Or Deaths To Children At Daycare Facilities?
If you or a loved one has had heat stroke while at a Dallas daycare facility, reach out to us at 214-888-2216. Our daycare team is ready to handle all your needs and answer any questions you may have. When your child is hurt, the last thing you want to do is deal with the legal side. Let us guide you through that process so you can focus on your child’s medical treatment and your family.