It is SO hot outside and summer has just begun! Our kids want to play outside with their friends and not everyone has the luxury of a swimming pool in their own backyard. Many of our kids play sports in the summer as well. We worry about the heat and how it might affect our little ones.
On hot summer days, especially when the humidity is high it is more difficult for our bodies to get rid of the heat by sweating. If we are exposed to direct sunlight our body absorbs too much heat and on hot humid days the sweat that our body produces may not evaporate as well. Any or all of these situations can cause severe dehydration,heat fatigue, exhaustion, or heat stroke.
So how do we protect our kids? First, kids need supervision when they are playing outside, exercising or are involved in an outdoor sport. Then there are a few safety tips we should always follow to keep our kids safe.
- Know that kid’s bodies don’t regulate their temperature like adults making them more susceptible to heat related emergencies. Kids just like to play so they may not realize they need a break and a drink. We have to remind them that it is time to come inside to cool off and drink water.
- When our kids are playing outside dress them in light colored and lightweight clothing.
- Prepare meals that are light. Heavy, hot meals can add heat to your body. Salads and sandwiches are a good idea for a hot afternoon.
- Allow your children to play outside in the morning and the evening before the sun sets. Plan indoor activities and naps for the middle of the day.
- If your child must exercise or play sports make sure they drink water and replace salt and minerals their bodies will lose sweating.
- Know the warning signs of a heat related emergency!
- heavy sweating
- nausea or vomiting
- muscle weakness or cramping
If you feel your child is suffering from a heat related illness move him to an air conditioned room, take a cool shower (not cold!), and light weight clothing. If needed contact your pediatrician or call 911.
By Robin Greene of mybabyclothes.com. Make sure your little one has the most stylish baby clothes with a cute matching headband this summer. You can also find your little princess the cutest pettiskirts and tutus or a classy hat to beat the summer heat!
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