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18-Month-Old Child Dies Of Heat Stroke In Kelantan

18-Month-Old Child Dies Of Heat Stroke In Kelantan

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A one-and-a-half-year-old girl in Kota Bharu died on Tuesday (25 April), believed to have been due to heatstroke.

The child’s father, Ahmad Faris Fazli Mohd Nasir, said his only child, Nur Imani, had been coughing since a week ago and vomited a few days after.

He said Nur Amani was taken to the Emergency Unit of Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital last Monday.

The doctor gave her medicine and asked her to be taken home.

Astro Awani quoted Ahmad Faris as saying that his daughter’s condition worsened before she died at about 7.20 am.

The cause of death, according to the autopsy, was heat stroke.

Ahmad Faris said the water in the body was all dry, and the lungs had shrunk.

Yesterday (27 April), an 11-year-old boy died of suspected heatstroke and dehydration.

Muhamad Syamil Aqil breathed his last at Balai Health Clinic near Bachok in Kelantan at 9.27 am.

Why Do Kids Die Of Heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a serious condition that can affect anyone, including children.

Kids are more susceptible to heatstroke because their bodies are less efficient at regulating their internal temperature than adults.

They also produce more heat during physical activity and may not recognize or communicate when feeling too hot.

The weather in Malaysia can be warm and humid, increasing the risk of heatstroke.

To prevent heatstroke in children, taking certain precautions during hot weather is important, such as:

However, heatstroke is not solely caused by the weather.

It can also be caused by physical activity, dehydration, and prolonged exposure to high temperatures, among other factors

  1. Stay hydrated: Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids, especially water, during hot weather.
  2. Dress appropriately: Dress your child in loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that allows for air circulation.
  3. Stay indoors during the hottest times of the day: Try to stay indoors during the hottest times, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  4. Use sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your child’s skin from sunburn.
  5. Never leave your child in a parked car: Even if it’s just for a few minutes, leaving your child in a parked car can be extremely dangerous and lead to heatstroke.

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