The Ministry of Health reviews the main preventive measures to enjoy summer without suffering health problems specific to this season.
As the warmer months arrive, different health conditions that are prevalent seasonally tend to increase, such as heat stroke and problems related to sun exposure. In response to this situation, the Entre Rios Provincial Ministry of Health reminds everyone to take care and preventive measures.
In this sense, it is recommended to remember that days with high temperatures and humidity can pose significant health risks, especially for young girls and boys, but also for the elderly. That’s why to prevent heatstroke, it’s recommended to stay in a cool, well-ventilated area, wear cotton clothing and stay properly hydrated.
For the elderly, the Ministry of Health recommends that they drink water even if they are not thirsty; for children, it is recommended that responsible adults provide them with fluids continuously, rather than waiting for the child to ask; for infants, it is recommended to provide breast milk more frequently.
You should also be aware of symptoms of exhaustion from the heat, which is a step before heat stroke. These symptoms are: tiredness or weakness; excessive sweating; feelings of stuffiness and thirst; fever; muscle cramps; loss of appetite, nausea, or vomiting; headache; restlessness or inconsolable crying in small children; dizziness or fainting.
When these symptoms occur, the person should be moved to a cool, ventilated area; you should be provided with cold water containing half a teaspoon of salt per liter, and bathing is also recommended. You should not take fever-reducing medications and you should consult a health professional when experiencing a condition with these characteristics.
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The hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. should be avoided, as well as strenuous games and sports activities that cause excessive sweating. It is also recommended to use a hat or hat with goggles, wet your head and body parts frequently, and always use sunscreen, preferably 30x or higher, in exposed areas even on cloudy days. It is important to reapply every two hours or after exposure to water or sweating.
It is also important to remember that children under one year old should not be exposed to direct sunlight, and from six months onwards sunscreen can be used in case of occasional exposure. If sunburn occurs, cold compresses, fluids, and consultation with the health system are recommended.