Heat Sensitivity and Sensory Processing Disorders

Relation Between Heat Sensitivity and Sensory Processing Disorders

Sensory information dysfunction, more commonly known as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition where the brain face problem in receiving information from the sensory organs. This can create many issues for the person suffering from the condition that affects even their normal day to day life. There might be certain cases where a normal human can have trouble construing sensory information but with SPD the case becomes more severe. One common problem that children with Sensory Processing Disorders face is heat sensitivity where they are not able to adapt with the changing temperatures.

Summer, Heat and Kids with SPD

Children with Sensory Processing Disorder are often seen struggling to regulate their body temperature. There is a constant conflict between their body and the external temperature and the physical discomfort soon begins to convert into emotional anguish. A child with SPD might start to feel overheated all of a sudden and sweat abundantly. Or, the exact opposite can occur and the child may take too long to sweat. Temperature sensitivity can turn into a sensory meltdown even before you know it. Therefore, it is suggested that parents take significant steps toward helping their child before the situation gets out of control.

Symptoms of Sensory Meltdown

Parents are suggested to take proper caution and check for the signs and symptoms of heat disorder in their children. The following are the generic symptoms to look for in children with Sensory Processing Disorder:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Constant headache
  • Feeling of nausea
  • Vomiting and dizziness
  • Flushed cheeks
  • Fever
  • Changed behaviour

If you find all or most of these symptoms in your children, it might be an indication of a sensory meltdown.

How to Help Children with Temperature Regulation?

There are few simple ways in which parents can help their children who are struggling with their body temperature regulation. Let us see how:

  1. First of all, make sure of your child’s clothing. Depending on how their body may respond to heat, you need to find the right clothing for your child. For example, most children with the problem prefer wearing soft, breathable clothes.
  2. Make sure that your child stays hydrated all the time. A child without SPD also needs proper hydration from time to time, but for those with SPD, the intake of fluids needs to be monitored regularly.
  3. Keep track of the time that your child spends outside in the sun. Even if they have to spend some time under the sun, make sure to include a regular break and provide them with proper shade and hydration.

If it is the case where you get a hint even a little bit that your child might be suffering from SPD and has problems with heat sensitivity, you can contact IIAHP for help. We have a team of experts to understand all your issues and worries and provide assistance to your child in the best possible manner.

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