6 Health Risks of Being Underweight

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Make an Appointment now. It can be helpful to rule out any medical conditions that could be causing problems with her growth, such as a hormonal imbalance, gastroesophageal reflux, food allergies or intolerances, weak oral muscles, stress, etc. In these cases, doctors may decide, as a last resort, to admit the person to hospital for compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act. You can give us more detailed feedback by clicking the button below. For some families, it takes a decade or longer and externally given nutrition. The key is to be prepared.

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At home, draw your curtains, shades, or blinds during the hottest part of the day, and open windows at night on two sides of your building to create cross-ventilation. If you're a senior who either can't afford to buy or run an air conditioner, check with your local Area Agency on Aging for programs that can assist you. After you've recovered from heat stroke, you'll probably be more sensitive to high temperatures during the following week.

So it's best to avoid hot weather and heavy exercise until your doctor tells you that it's safe to resume your normal activities. A to Z Guides Reference. In the sweltering days of summer, over exertion can lead to life threatening heat stroke. New guidelines released by the National Athletic Trainers Association. Heat stroke is the leading cause of death in sports during the summer.

Symptoms include headache or nausea, acting confused, agitated, passing out, or having seizures. The key is to be prepared. Immersing the patient in ice water is the best treatment.

Start slowly, take frequent breaks, and drink plenty of fluids. Better to avoid heat stroke than to have to treat it. Continued First Aid for Heat Stroke If you suspect that someone has a heat stroke, immediately call or transport the person to a hospital. Try these cooling strategies: Fan air over the patient while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose. Apply ice packs to the patient's armpits, groin, neck, and back.

Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature. Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water. If emergency response is delayed, call the hospital emergency room for additional instructions.

Risk Factors for Heat Stroke Heat stroke is most likely to affect older people who live in apartments or homes lacking air conditioning or good airflow. Continued If you live in an urban area, you may be especially prone to develop heat stroke during a prolonged heat wave, particularly if there are stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Other risk factors associated with heat-related illness include: Preventing Heat Stroke When the heat index is high, it's best to stay in an air-conditioned environment.

If you must go outdoors, you can prevent heat stroke by taking these steps: Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat.

Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor SPF of 30 or more. To prevent dehydration, it's generally recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water, fruit juice, or vegetable juice per day.

Because heat-related illness also can result from salt depletion, it may be advisable to substitute an electrolyte-rich sports drink for water during periods of extreme heat and humidity. Take additional precautions when exercising or working outdoors.

The general recommendation is to drink 24 ounces of fluid two hours before exercise, and consider adding another 8 ounces of water or sports drink right before exercise. During exercise, you should consume another 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes, even if you don't feel thirsty. Reschedule or cancel outdoor activity. If possible, shift your time outdoors to the coolest times of the day, either early morning or after sunset.

Continued Other strategies for preventing heat stroke include: Monitoring the color of your urine. Darker urine is a sign of dehydration. Be sure to drink enough fluids to maintain very light-colored urine. Measuring your weight before and after physical activity.

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