Kids particularly susceptible to heat; dangers to watch for

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Excessive heat is not only uncomfortable, it can be dangerous, particularly for children and the elderly.

3TV's Heidi Goitia talked to Dr. Mark Gettleman of Dr. Goofy Gettwell Pediatrics about what parent need to watch for if their kids are going to be out an about during the heat of the day.

Because they are smaller and sometimes do not sweat effectively, kids' bodies generally do not process heat as well as adults' bodies do. That means children can fall prey to heat-related illness faster than grownups

Symptoms to watch for

  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Vomiting

For kids who are out playing, experts suggestion a break every 20 minutes to go inside, cool off and drink about 8 ounces of water. They also suggest you dress your kids in light-colored clothes made of cotton or other fabrics that breathe well.