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Tips For Keeping You and Your Family Coping With The Summer Heat
There are always those days in the summer where the heat reaches 36 and some times even higher than 42 Celsius with humidity. With days of hot temperature it is a good idea to prepare yourself and your family for the extreme heat, humidity and the suns damaging rays. Here are some simple ways you can do this:
Play in the morning or evening
Getting outside early morning while the kids are out school is a great idea. I’ve even cut up fruit and had us eat breakfast outside in backyard. If early mornings are not for you and your kids, then perhaps going out early evening after supper is possible. Even a nice walk or a bike ride outside can be good. Perhaps after 6pm? Either way try to find what works or enjoy the weather when you can and nothing beats the use of sprinklers during the summer heat.
Keep Them Hydrated
Be sure to stay hydrated and drink water all the time. Especially true when kids are playing outside, because they can be stubborn and may not want to stop for a minute and drink. Also drinks like Gatorade are probably not needed. Generally sticking to water is good enough. However I’ve used blue Gatorade many times to trick them to drink more when they were being fussy. They seem to really enjoy it so it works for both of use. Choose your battles right?
Wear a Hat & Sun Glasses
Wearing sunglasses can be a challenge but is encouraged. However, I cannot stress the importance of wearing something on your head or putting something on theirs when outside in the direct sun. Hats help with heat exhaustion from the sun and they also help keep your scalp, forehead, eyes, nose, ears, and sometimes lips depending on size of hat protected from the suns damaging rays. Don't forget as parents we lead by example if your not wearing a hat, chances are your going to have a much harder time convincing them to wear one.
Be sure to place sunscreen on kids roughly 20 minutes before going outside. As well try to stick to nothing less than SPF 15 and it is recommended to use a 30+ SPF to protect your skin. The Cancer Society advises daily use of sunscreen for protecting your skin and prevention of cancers. They also suggest you lather the lotion on your body then go over and apply it again. This is especially true for key affected areas like shoulders, nose, feet, etc. Another point to consider is buying water resistant sunscreen, even if your child is not going in a pool or lake, it is still a good idea.
Swimming in a pool if you have access to one can make a hot day, a fun day. If you’re going to be outside play with water but be safe. You can also run in the sprinkler or visit a splash pad nearby. Many Cities also have splash pads that are free for children to use. This is great because it gets everyone out, socializing, playing, and staying cool. Don’t forget however those kids still need to drink water to stay hydrated.
Pay Attention to Troubling Signs
Many younger kids do not quite know what is wrong with them. They may feel many different emotions, such as an unknown feeling of sadness, fatigue, or even extreme restlessness. Noticing changes like this may already mean your kid is being too affected by the heat or sun. However it is still best to find cooler area and relax for the rest of the day.
If you happen to live without , and you find that you may not be able to afford recreational center pools, or there is no splash pad is nearby; You can always take this time to do some shopping. What better way to get done those things you need to do then to do it at a mall that has fantastic A/C running. air conditioning
Do you plan mid day outdoor activities in the summer for you and your family?
Begin Grazing - Eating too much can make you feel bloated and increases your body temperature to assist in metabolism. Therefore try to eat smaller meals more often and you can stay cooler.
Dress for the Weather - Ever notice that people in the tropics wear light weight breathable clothing? This is because it keeps them cool and protected from the sun. Besides wearing a hat this is something everyone in your family should consider doing. This also includes wearing brighter colours and no blacks that pull the suns heat on to you.
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