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What is Hyperthermia?

Hyperthermia, also known as, Heat stroke occurs when a person's temperature exceeds 104 degrees F and their temperature regulating system is overwhelmed. Symptoms can include: dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat and hallucinations. A core body temperature of 107 degrees F is considered lethal as cells are damaged and internal organs shut down.

A child’s temperature regulating system is not as developed as an adult’s. Consequently a child’s body temperatures can warm at a rate 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s.Children have died from heat stroke in a vehicle with outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees F.

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