When the summer rolls in, it’s a fantastic time - especially for your kids. And for the most part, they love being out in the sun, and after a whole winter feeling locked into the home, they finally get a chance to get outside. However, the heat also comes with plenty of dangers that every parent should be aware of. Let’s take a look at how you can keep your kids cool, safe and happy throughout scorching summer.
Know what to look for
When small children get super hot, there are a few signs to look out for. The first is their mood - if they get gripey or bad-tempered, it’s a sure sign that they need to cool down. However, parents also need to know how to spot signs of heat exhaustion, which is what occurs when the body overheats. If your kids start getting muscle cramps, lots of sweat, or dizziness or listlessness, the chances are they need to find some shade immediately. You should call a hospital or doctor if they start to vomit, or their pulse starts to race uncontrollably.
Limit the sunlight
It’s likely your little ones will be clamoring at your door to let the outside. However, be aware that it is important to limit their time out in the sun. Look for areas with a natural shade, and if your garden is open and exposed, think about buying a large garden umbrella or a gazebo to ensure they have somewhere to hide from the blazing rays.
Fix your air con
Air con systems are capable of making the hottest temperatures slightly bearable for all of us, but even more so for your kids. However, your HVAC system needs to be working properly for everyone to get the full benefit. Look at local services that can help with your AC, and get them to maintain it once a year or so. Not only will a working HVAC unit keep you and your kids cool, but you will save money on energy bills, too.
It’s just as important to keep track of the weather forecast in the summer as it is in the winter. If you are planning a trip - or even an afternoon in the garden - you need to know as much about the power of the sun and its UV rays as you possibly can. And don’t forget, even if there is a cool breeze, the sun can still raise your child’s temperature - and give them some nasty burns.
Kids have an underdeveloped ability to self-regulate - they won’t notice they are feeling hot until it is too late. It’s vital that you take control when the weather's hot, and ensure they are getting plenty of rest breaks - and water. Dehydration is still a huge problem for kids in the heat, and it can affect them quickly, turning a nice day out into a very scary experience in a matter of moments.
Do you have any tips for keeping your kids cool in the hot, summer heat? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!