With August here, kids are playing longer and harder to get the most out of what’s left of their summer. Do a quick safety check with these “beat the heat” tips:
– Break out the sunscreen. Make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more to your kids, reapplying every two hours. Do this around 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow it to absorb into the skin and decrease the likelihood of it getting washed off. Reapply after swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
– Cover up. Sun hats, baseball caps, bathing suit cover-ups, sunglasses, anything short of a beekeeper’s outfit is fair game in keeping your kids burn-free. Lightweight and light-colored clothes provide protection without making them feel hotter.
– Embrace the early morning. When exploring the great outdoors, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. are the hottest times, so that’s when you’ll want your kids to either come inside or take frequent cool-off breaks.
– Make sure your kids hydrate. They’re more likely to get caught up in playtime and forget to take a water break. Dehydration occurs when the body is unable to cool off its core temperature. Teach them to watch out for signs, which include dizziness, muscle fatigue, loss of coordination, muscle cramps, heat stroke and headaches.