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Children are at risk of heatstroke as they head back to school, medical professional says

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- This year’s back-to-school supply list might look a little different than it did before the pandemic.

“We’re not out of the woods yet with COVID,” Dr. Jennifer Myers with Lutheran Health said.

Myers says parents cannot simply pretend COVID-19 does not exist anymore.

Their kids can still get sick.

“Frequent hand-washing and appropriate hand-washing techniques are gonna be super important when your kids go back to school,” Myers said.

COVID-19 is not the only culprit for a runny nose, though.

“We’re gonna be coming up on flu season so just making sure that we’re exercising those precautions is super important,” Myers said.

Going back to school does not only mean cold and flu season.

Myers says kids are going to spend a lot of time on the playground and parents need to be aware of potential heatstroke and send their kids to school with full water bottles.

“If any signs of disorientation, confusion or unconsciousness develop, they need to be seen immediately by a medical provider,” Myers said.

Parent Nicole Guinn says that is one of her ongoing battles with her kids: getting them to drink water

“They always have their water bottles and it’s the best they can do. If they need help, they ask an adult if I’m not there,” Guinn said.

While she encourages other parents to teach their kids healthy habits, she does not think they should exhaust themselves with worry.

“Don’t over-stress yourself. It will be okay. It is overwhelming - it is. But it will be okay. They will figure it out. They will get through. There will be a community there to help you,” Guinn said.

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