Doctors Warn Against Dangers of Triple-Digit Heat

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Monday’s triple digit heat is keeping a lot of people indoors, and doctors say that’s exactly where they should be, especially small children.

Physicians over at Valley Children’s Hospital say it doesn’t take long for kids to succumb to heat exhaustion, but they’re real concern is kids getting sunburned.

When eight year olds Bradley and Eli hit the splash pad, they come prepared.

“Drinks, and sunscreen. Snacks. Towels,” they two said.

They’re having fun playing in the sun, but they know what it’s like when things get a little too hot.

“it burns bad, especially when you put medicine on it, it still burns.”

Getting a sunburn can sometimes be a common ailment among kids.

“A young child will sunburn a lot quicker than say an adult,” Doctor Robert Kezirian with Valley Children’s Pediatric Emergency Medicine said.

But doctors say it’s one of the most damaging things that can happen.

“We find that there are more cases of melanoma now and skin cancer in children than we have ever see before,” Doctor Kezirian said.

Kezirian says kids as well as the elderly are also highly susceptible to heat exhaustion. But he says adults can be affected too, and are often caught off guard.

“We all have to go outside. We all have children who are participating in different activities. But really, be aware of that,” Doctor Kezirian said.

That’s why the city of Fresno has opened several cooling centers, and is allowing free access to their pools.

These parents say they’re familiar with the Fresno heat.

“I don’t think you ever get used to it,” Audra Quiels said.

And know the importance of keeping their kids cool.

“Making sure that they take breaks while we’re out here. And hydrating, we brought lots of water, snacks things like that,” Dorothy Halls said.

“Early morning, later afternoon, is the only time we really go outside in this kind of heat,” Audra Quiels said. 

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