Stepping outside in the middle of a heatwave, you might wonder if you are actually outdoors or still in your bathroom with the shower spraying hot water and the door closed. You are sweating within minutes of stepping out and it isn’t even the hottest part of the day.
When it gets hot outside, especially when the humidity is up there as well, it is important to keep your kids cool and comfortable.
Children don’t know what the early signs of heat illness are. And if they do, they are less likely to do anything about it. This is the reason why you need to help.
When the humidity is high, your sweat can’t evaporate and cool your body quickly like it is supposed to. This can lead to increased body temperature and the need for continued fluids.
Kid Scholars Academy, your preschool in Sugar Land, offers tips for keeping kids cool this summer.
If it is terribly hot indoors and air conditioning is not available, then make use of electric fans. Fans help circulate the air and even if they don’t cool the room down, the moving air feels cool on your skin.
At night, placing a fan in the window will help blow the cooler outdoor air into your home.
Watch the Street and Sidewalk
Blacktop and pavement heat up very quickly and it can cause burns on your child’s skin. It is best if you avoid any activities that require playing on these surfaces. A better idea would be to find activities that you can do in the cool grass. Better still, find activities that you can do in the cool grass under the trees.
Fun in the Water
Turn on the sprinklers or go to the local pool and let your children cool off and have lots of fun. When your kids are playing in the water, it is important to ensure they have sunscreen. Make sure to reapply every two hours.
Wearing shoes that breathe is a great way to help keep your kids cool. Tennis shoes with cotton socks are wonderful for certain activities and functions, but sandals with straps are awesome for super hot days.
It is best if you dress your children in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light clothes help reflect sunlight and will keep children cooler. It is also a good idea to have them wear a hat and sunglasses for full protection.
Plenty of Water
Make sure that your children are properly hydrated at all times. Drinking water shouldn’t just be happening when they are in the heat. You need to be giving them water from the time they get up in the morning until bedtime.
Limit Outdoor Time
On particularly hot days, limit the amount of time your children are outside. Also, keep them inside during the hottest part of the day and let them play in the coolness of the morning and evening.
The mission of Kid Scholars Academy in Sugar Land is simple – we want your child to excel in every possible way. Contact us for more information.