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why does my sons face turn red when he is hot?

When my son is out in the warm weather his face turns red. Looks like a sunburn but it's not. This just started about a month ago. We were in Florida for Easter & this never happened.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:24 PM on Jun. 18, 2008 in Kids' Health

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  • Your vascular system helps with your body's thermoregulation. When conditions are cold, your blood vessels constrict in order to be farther away from the skin, and to reduce the area from which heat can escape. In the heat, the opposite is true. Your blood vessels dilate so that excess heat can evaporate more rapidly. The dilated blood vessels allow more blood to pump through your face (which is one of the most vascular places on your body) which causes flushing.

    Answer by mom-o-2-in-2 at 8:26 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

  • Exactly what the other mom said... it's a natural thing everyone's body does to help keep cool. It's just more obvious in some people.
    Use it as a guide to help you know when he's hot and needs a break or a cool drink.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:10 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

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