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Give your children plenty to drink and keep them out of the sun

Younger children are especially vulnerable in this heatwave
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Young children, from babies to children under five years of age, are especially vulnerable in heatwaves.

Physical characters − children have a smaller body mass to surface area ratio than adults – make them more vulnerable to heat-related problems. They are also more likely to become dehydrated because they can lose more fluid quickly.

Babies and young children should, therefore, be watched carefully during hot weather. And give them plenty of fluids to drink, especially water.

Like the rest of the Europe and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere, Malta is currently experiencing a heatwave, which is expected to reach a peak from Sunday to Wednesday, according to the latest Met Office forecast.

It is also recommended to stay out of the sun as much as possible and keep cool. The UV index is expected to soar to 12 in the coming days. According to the World Health Organisation, UV levels of 11 and over are regarded as “extremely high” and require extra protection.

In an interview with Times of Malta, Charmaine Gauci, director of Public Health, urged people to stay out of the sun between 11am and 4pm and keep out of direct sunlight where possible.

She advised people to stay hydrated and not to leave young children and pets alone in cars. She also advised wearing loose-fitting clothing and hats. 

Also read this Times of Malta article.

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