Summer is already here, and you may be planning a vacation or two where to enjoy the sun and heat with your family – including small kids. But are you fully-prepared to prepare your children from the UVA, UVB and hot summer sun? if not, we have some pieces of advice that may help you this summer.
Drink plenty of water
Sure, this is a no-brainer, but it’s fairly easy to forget to drink enough water. Remember the fact that we get thirsty only when we are already dehydrated. In children’s case, this is more likely to occur, as they are always busy running from a place to another or playing. Make sure that they always drink water. Have them take a sip or two every couple of minutes, just to make sure. Avoid offering children sugary drinks. Water is the best because it has to replace the fluids lost through sweating. Sugary drinks are highly unlikely to act the same way.
Don’t leave children in cars
Cars can get extremely hot in the summer, even in a matter of a few minutes. So next time when you decide to let your child in a hot vehicle, just or get your prescription, rethink your decision. In a matter of minutes, the temperatures in a car can rise up to 103 degrees. When dealing with multiple tasks during a day, if the circumstances don’t allow you to have your child with you at all times, better leave them at home in an adult’s company, where the temperatures are decent and safe.
Invest in hats
Hats are not only a fashion statement. For children, these are a mandatory safety measure. Keep your baby safe this summer with a sun hat while at the beach or simply playing in the backyard. Children lack adult’s ability to properly regulate their own body temperature and their brains can get easily overheated. Instead of exposing your children to such dangers, better invest in a couple of fun and fashionable hats.
Allow them to only perform low-intensity activities
Playing with their little buckets at the beach or in their mini-pools while in the backyard is a perfect type of activity for those long, hot summer days. Sure, they may be tempted to run around, play football, or ride their bicycles, but when the thermometers hit high temperatures, there is nothing more dangerous than allowing them to do so. Between 11 AM and 5 PM, better keep your children sheltered in homes or hotel rooms, even restaurants, while on vacations. You want to avoid that particular interval.
These are some simple-to-follow safety tips for those who want to make the most of their summer vacation, together with their children. While playing outside is still allowed, make sure to take all the necessary precautions. Your children are sensitive and vulnerable to summer heat, and you want to make everything possible to avoid unpleasant events.