A little girl ended up in hospital with a 40 degree temperature after a day at the beach.
Charlotte Finch, 30, was out with Evie, two, Teddy, three, and Harvey, 12 – on June 24, as temperatures soared to 28 degrees.
She made sure the kids were covered up, slathered in sunscreen and had hats to cover their heads.
But as they travelled back to their home in Williton, Somerset, after lunch, little Evie took a turn for the worse.
She started panting ‘like a dog’ and her temperature soared – despite her being given cooling drinks and Calpol.
Charlotte – who used to work for NHS 111 – decided to ring the service, and was called back by a clinician who immediately dispatched an ambulance to the family.
Evie was rushed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, where her temperature was recorded at a startling 40 degrees.
Charlotte said: “It was really scary not being able to get her temperature down, she was boiling up.
“I think it’s easy to forget how hot it is when you’re on the beach and there’s a sea breeze.
“Luckily she’s recovered well and was so brave throughout the whole thing – but it really affected her because she’s so small.”
Charlotte and her family decided to head to the beach after checking the forecast to see how glorious it was going to be.
They picked a ‘nice quiet beach’ just 10 minutes from their home and followed all the guidelines on keeping safe in the sun.
As the family headed back to their car after a picnic lunch, full-time mum Charlotte noticed that little Evie, two, was panting ‘like a dog’.
At first, she thought she was out of breath but on returning home, noticed she was red in the face.
The mum-of-three gave Evie a cool drink when they got home, and hoped she’d cool off sitting on the sofa out of the heat – but was alarmed when she touched her forehead.
Charlotte said: “She was just slumped on the sofa, and when I touched her forehead she was boiling.
“I took her temperature and it was 39.2 – so I gave her some Calpol in the hope that would help bring it down.”
Her daughter kept saying ‘ow’ but Charlotte couldn’t see anything physically wrong.
When her temperature still didn’t decrease, she decided to call 111, and a clinician called back immediately.
“The clinician listened to her breathing on the phone and when I told them her temperature they said they were calling an ambulance,” Charlotte said.
“It was quite scary, but Evie was so brave and took it all in her stride.”
The family were taken to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, by which time Evie’s eyes were puffy and sunken and her temperature had reached a whopping 40 degrees.
Nurses gave her iced drinks and lollies, as well as positioning fans all around her, in a desperate attempt to bring the tot’s temperature down.
“They said if they didn’t get it down she could start fitting and having seizures,” Charlotte said.
“I was told it was definitely sunstroke, and it had affected her badly because she’s so small.
“Luckily she was really brave and powered through – and we were finally allowed home that evening when her temperature had returned to normal.”
The mum and daughter finally made it home at midnight, and Evie spent the following day recovering from her ordeal.
She is now ‘back to her normal bubbly self’, but Charlotte wants to warn of the dangers of British summertime.
She said: “We didn’t realise how hot it was because of the lovely sea breeze – it’s so deceptive.
“I did everything you’re meant to do, but Evie’s little body just couldn’t handle the heat.
“I’m really proud of how brave she’s been – but won’t be going to the beach in the middle of the day anytime soon.”