As the weather gets warmer and the sun gets stronger, you should pay close attention to how your kids are handling the summer heat. Certainly you don’t want to start wrapping up your kids in cotton wool padding, as such obstructions of their fun won’t really help them in the long run. Generally, it’s very easy to prevent heat injury when playing outside, provided you have the right supplies and take the correct steps.
Remember it’s not just your kids who are susceptible to heat injury. Anyone can suffer from heat exhaustion or stroke if they aren’t careful. Make sure you’re mindful of everyone’s safety and wellbeing during the warm summer months.
Wearing a hat is a great way to keep the sun off your head. Not only does this prevent you from becoming dizzy and lightheaded, it can also prevent sunburn on the scalp. This can be very handy given how difficult it is to apply sunblock to the top of the head.
Make sure the hat gives good coverage of your head and has a broad brim. Also ensure it isn’t too heavy or thick. Ideally, your hat should be light enough for it to breathe and let heat escape from the head.
In order to prevent sunburn, it’s essential that you have plenty of sunblock on hand. Apply a generous helping to all exposed areas of skin in order to ensure maximum protection from the sun.
Pay especially close attention if you or your family members have fair skin that’s more susceptible to burning. Even if you have fairly dark skin, consider at least a low-grade sun cream for at least some level of protection from harmful UV rays.
Also keep in mind any activities you expect your family to be doing. If they’re heading to a pool or the beach, make sure that you pack water resistant sunblock. Also, make sure you apply a new layer after a couple of hours or so.
In order to protect your eyes from heat injuries and the glare of the sun, pack sunglasses. Sun hats can help a little in this regard by shading your eyes from the worst of it, but light and heat can still bounce off the environment around you and into your eyes. This is especially common on beaches where the sand is very light in color.
In order to help the face and neck cool down more quickly, as well as provide a little extra protection against the sun, bring a spray bottle. Apply a light mist of water on the forehead and the back of the neck to help the face and head cool down. It also helps prevent you from sweating as much, allowing you to conserve more fluids.
A Source of Shade
You should always try to keep out of the sun as much as possible during a hot day, so another essential supply to prevent heat injury is a source of shade. This can be anything from a parasol to a small portable tent. Even a blanket held up by some poles will be more than sufficient. Just something that can cast a shadow and help protect you from the sun’s rays.
Cold Drinks and Water Bottles
The most essential supply you can have to help prevent heat injury is a cool drink. It’s vitally important that you and your family remain hydrated during any outdoor activity in order to prevent serious heat injury. However you should always avoid drinks that contain carbonated water, caffeine and alcohol, as these will only dehydrate you more quickly.
Also be aware that you lose vital body salts while sweating. As such, something that restores lost electrolytes as well as lost water can be very useful if you expect to be exerting a lot of energy during the day.
Remember that by the time your child asks for a drink, chances are good that they’ve already needed it, and be sure to take any complaints about fatigue or other malaise seriously. In most cases, water and shade will do the trick, but in extreme cases it will be helpful to familiarize yourself with your localcenter.
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