dr R K Alwadhi
Consultant Pediatrician
Centre for Child Health, BLK Super Speciality Hospital
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Heat related illnesses can be grouped as:


1. Exertion associated collapse

2. Heat exhaustion

3. Heat stroke


Heat Exhaustion

It is the most common heat related illness which occurs due to a low cardiac output which is insufficient to support the increased circulatory demand required for heat dissipation. The hypovolemia is caused by water and/or sodium depletion, vasodilation and increased skin blood flow. In heat exhaustion, temperature is usually <41*C and heat dissipation is still functioning so that the child appears flushed and sweatyCNS function is preserved, but may experience mild confusion, irritability and poor co-ordination.

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Posted On: 28/05/2019

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