Summertime is here, and so are the sweltering temperatures. Children love to play outside during the summer but as a parent, it’s your job to keep them safe. Here are a few things to keep in mind to protect your little one from the heat.
Choose appropriate clothing
When your child is going to be out in the heat for a prolonged period of time, choose clothing that is light colored and lightweight. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen to protect them from the sun as well.
Kids are often too busy having fun to remember to stay hydrated. If they don’t drink enough, this could lead to dehydration and heat illness. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand and remind them to drink often—at least every 20 minutes or so.
Choose play time wisely
Avoid the hottest parts of the day, from 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Instead, do those outdoor activities in the early morning or late in the day. If you are going to be outside during this time, try to find a shady spot for your children to play, or spend some time in the pool or sprinklers to cool them off.
Look for signs your child is overheated
Young children are much more at risk for developing heat illnesses, since infants and young children do not sweat much. Look for these signs: if your child is pale, weak, and irritable after a prolonged time in the heat, an immediate trip to the ER is in order to rule out heat exhaustion or heat stroke.