After months of cool weather, the first day of summer is finally here. Monday, June 20 marks the beginning of the summer season, giving kids plenty to celebrate when they go outside and play. However, every new season ushers in new safety concerns. Here are some ways to keep your kids protected this summer.
Beat the Heat
Overheating can be a serious problem for your kids, particularly infants and children younger than 4 years old. The best way to combat the heat and sun is to take preventative measures to keep your kids cool and protected. Here are some heat safety tips to keep your kids cool:
- Schedule play time in the morning and evening to avoid the hottest, brightest periods of the day
- Utilize natural shade when it starts to get hot
- Have plenty of cool drinking water to keep them hydrated
- Dress them in lightweight, light-colored clothing
- Never leave them in parked cars, even with open windows
- Have them take a cool shower or bath
Use Proper Sun Protection
A little cover can go a long way. Proper sunscreen gives you and your kids extra protection against harmful UV rays. Clothing like hats, sunglasses, and light-colored clothing can also keep your kids’ skin covered. Even cloudy weather can end up causing sunburn, so keep your kids covered if they’re going to have some fun in the sun.
No matter the protection, too much light can lead to bad burns or heat sickness. Have your kids take breaks to prevent constant exposure. If they start to feel too warm, make sure they head inside and cool off.
Summer Safety for Kids
Summer safety can help prevent issues ranging from uncomfortable sunburns to serious heatstroke. If your child is suffering from any heat- or sun-related illness, give us a call at 888-428-8895 or contact us online today to set up an appointment to have one of our physicians provide the proper care.
Dr. Chantal I. Dalencour, M.D.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.