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I now believe my (generally healthy) 1-1/2-year-old son has suffered from heat exhaustion twice this summer. The first time, that possibility never occured to me. I just assumed he'd come down with a bug. He was sick for fully 48 hours. The second time I guessed it was the heat (which made me guess that it had been the heat the first time, as well). I gave him a cool bath, used cold compresses, blew a fan directly on him and let him breast-feed pretty much constantly throughout the night. He was fine by morning.
So, for those of you who know more about this than I do:
*Can heat exhaustion simply look like a hot, tired baby getting cranky or falling asleep...and coming down with a fever...without the more extreme symptoms like vomiting, etc.?
*I know online sources say it can last 24-48 hours, but how common is that? It was really hard for me to believe heat exhaustion wouldn't clear up in an hour or so, once the child was in air-conditioning.
*Online, everything says that fever-reducers won't help heat exhaustion, but they definitely did help my son, both times. Does that mean it wasn't the heat?
*Presuming this was heat exhaustion, can I expect him to tolerate heat better when he's older? How much older? After all, we're in Indiana, not Arizona - and both times I was careful to incorporate shade and plenty of fluids into our outdoor activities. The second time, we even peppered our outdoor things with time indoors, in the a/c.
*Once a toddler gets heat exhaustion, does that make him more disposed to have trouble regulating his body temp, the next time he's out in the sun?
Thanks in advance for the help!
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