A mother has described the ‘scary moment’ she found her young daughter suffering heatstroke, after taking a nap in hot room.
Jennifer Abma posted a photograph of her young daughter, Anastasia, on Facebook as a warning to other parents.
“This is a lesson learnt & hopefully other parents can take something from this & make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car.”
In her post she said her daughter had ‘put herself for a nap’ and when she checked on her she found Anastasia ‘soaked in sweat, red faced, and boiling.’
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After being unable to wake her she called an ambulance, reports Daily Mail.
Ms Abma wrote: ‘This was my evening, this was the scariest moment I’ve had to imagine, this is severe heatstroke.
‘There is nothing scarier than not being able to wake your baby up. This is clear proof a child doesn’t need to be in the sun to get heat stroke.
‘It took us 20 minutes to wake her up, when ambulance came, they came with investigators because they didn’t know what to expect. This was proof how fast things change.’
Ms Abma claimed her daughter had not been outside in the sun, but, unbeknownst to her, the bedroom was extremely hot when she went inside.
She said: ‘I had no idea how hot her bedroom was until I went to wake her up soaked in sweat, red face, boiling and unable to wake her for 15 minutes, ambulance arrived faster then I could have ever imagined and took her sugars which were 1.2 and should be above four.
‘[Paramedics] administered sucrose and in minutes she started crying, clearly scared.’
The mother-of-two said she posted the photos of her daughter as a warning to other parents about the dangers of heatstroke.
She said: ‘No it is not my fault this happened to her but it is hard not to blame yourself.
‘This is a lesson learnt and hopefully other parents can take something from this and make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car.’
The post has been shared more than 46,000 times on Facebook since it was posted on July 15.
Many readers were shocked that children could develop heatstroke in the home.
What to do if your child has symptoms of heatstroke via Kids Health
Seek emergency medical care immediately. In cases of heat exhaustion or while awaiting help for a child with possible heatstroke:
Bring the child indoors or into the shade immediately.
Undress the child.
Have the child lie down; elevate feet slightly.
If the child is alert, place in cool bath water. If outside, spray the child with mist from a garden hose.
If the child is alert and coherent, give frequent sips of cool, clear fluids.
If the child is vomiting, turn onto his or her side to prevent choking.
Teach kids to always drink plenty of fluids before and during any activity in hot, sunny weather — even if they aren’t thirsty.
Make sure kids wear light-colored, loose clothing in warm weather.
Don’t let kids participate in heavy activity outdoors during the hottest hours of the day.
Teach kids to come indoors immediately whenever they feel overheated.
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