It’s being advised that children take extra precautions in the heatwave to avoid various ailments to arise from the extreme temperatures.
The Liberal spoke with two nurses from Our Lady Of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth where they say a number of children have presented to the Emergency Department with severe sunburn and some adults have presented with chronic constipation.
One nurse told us:
“People need to be very careful in the extreme heat. It’s very easy to get both dehydrated and sunburned if you’re not taking the proper precautions.”
“Children need to wear factor 30+ sunscreen, babies especially need to be sitting in the shade and out of direct sunshine for any long periods of time. The sun is strongest from 11am until 3pm but again it picks up in the evening time from 6pm onwards so people need to be vigilant of that when they’re out in the evenings and the breezes subside”.
Adults alike have been advised to drink plenty of water and keep themselves hydrated to avoid chronic constipation. Wearing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and staying in a cool environment is advised.
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