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How to Help Kids Survive the Heat

By Lana Bandoim

Parents often struggle to help kids survive the heat and humidity during summer. Children want to play outside, but they do not understand the dangers of sunburns or high temperatures. They frequently forget to wear hats, drink enough water or put on sunscreen. Consider the following tips to help kids beat the heat and enjoy the summer.

Dress Them the Right Way

Kids often struggle to figure out what to wear in the summer heat. Help them by making the choices simple and dressing them. Make sure they wear hats, sunglasses and lightweight clothing. Try to select whiter or lighter colors that are easier to wear in high temperatures.

Keep Them Hydrated

Children sometimes forget to drink enough water. In addition, they may choose soda or juice that has sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Make sure they are drinking water throughout the day and give them their own water bottles to make this easier.

Avoid the Heat

Pay attention to the weather, and do not let the kids play outside in extreme temperatures. Encourage them to play in the shade. The hottest time of the day tends to be between noon and 3 p.m. Consider creating games for them to play indoors during the hottest time.

Never Leave Them in a Hot Car

Temperatures in a hot car can quickly reach dangerous levels. It is important not to leave children alone in a hot vehicle during the summer. Do not leave them in the car even if you are simply running a quick errand that takes a few minutes. Take similar precautions with pets.

Put on Sunscreen

Children can struggle with the application of sunscreen, so it is crucial to help them. Try to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before they go outside and reapply it often. Make sure the sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Look for skin products designed for kids that are easy to apply.

Watch Out for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Learn the symptoms of heat exhaustion and watch for them in kids. The most common symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness and pain. The most common symptoms of heat stroke include high fever, nausea, vomiting, seizures, problems breathing and losing consciousness. Seek immediate medical help if your kids show these symptoms.

The summer heat and humidity can make it hard to stay cool or hydrated. Help children by using these tips and make sure they avoid the sun during high heat.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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