Dehydration and sunburn the big dangers as temperatures forecast to top 30 degrees

People are being urged to look after each other in the hot weather, with temperatures forecast to possibly exceeding 30 degrees centigrade this week.

Principal health risks include dehydration and sunburn. Older people and infants are particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, while children are particularly at risk of sunburn.

Dr Paddy Hannigan, Chair of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "While the young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable, everyone should take care and stay hydrated and avoid sunburn.

"It is especially important to keep an eye on children in these conditions," said Dr Hannigan. "They should spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm where possible, cover up with a t-shirt, hat, sunglasses and use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 generously, reapplying regularly."

"People should be aware of the symptoms of dehydration and particularly take care of older people, especially if they are less mobile and struggle to get regular drinks for themselves," he added.

Signs of dehydration include:

  • feeling thirsty and lightheaded
  • a dry mouth
  • tiredness
  • passing urine less often than usual

It's best to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of non-fizzy fluids such as water, diluted squash or fruit juice.

Contact your GP, out-of-hours service or NHS 111 straight away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • extreme thirst
  • feeling unusually tired (lethargic) or confused
  • not passing urine for eight hours
  • rapid heartbeat
  • dizziness when you stand up that doesn't go away after a few seconds

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