Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Kids

By Larry Anderson

Kids often times are introduced to golf at a young age. In some cases, they are on the course or driving range as soon as they are old enough to swing a club. Since golf is played outside in the sun, heat exhaustion is a risk. That is particularly true in youngsters who may not know they have the condition. As a result, it is important for adults to know the signs of heat exhaustion in kids.

Heavy sweating

Heavy sweating is one of the first signs of heat exhaustion, which, if not treated, can progress into the more serious heat stroke.

Skin signs

Kids who have heat exhaustion may have paleness in their skin -- it is especially evident on their face. Skin that is cool and moist also is another warning sign.


Muscle cramps can signal the onset of heat exhaustion. Cramps can occur when people lose too much fluid through sweating, especially when the weather is warm.


Kids who have heat exhaustion often complain about feeling tired.


Dehydration that is associated with heat exhaustion can cause dizziness. Kids also may complain about having a headache.

Nausea and vomiting

Kids who have heat exhaustion may complain about nausea that comes on rapidly. If the nausea progresses, the child may vomit.

Dark urine

Clear urine is a sign of adequate hydration, while dark urine is a sign that the body is not properly hydrated. Dehydration, which hinders the ability of the body to maintain its normal temperature, is considered one of the causes of heat exhaustion.

Pulse and breathing

A child with heat exhaustion will have a fast, but weak, pulse, along with fast and shallow breathing.


One of the most common reasons people faint is an increased or decreased heart rate. Since people with heat exhaustion often have an unusually high heart rate, fainting is a sign that the condition has set in.

About The Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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