Summer is coming, so are the dog days. While we adults are enjoying the heat and sun rays, those can be a true torture for our children. How to protect them against overheating and sunburns? Arm with these hot weather safety tips for kids – they will help you spend your time without accidents.
You’ve been in the intense heat for an hour or so, and start to feel, not just hot, but a pounding heat coming from within. Along with a headache, you may have the following symptoms:
- sticky mouth.
Heatstroke is the most severe form of dehydration, which can bring on fainting, hallucinations, and seizures.
How can we be safe this summer and combat dehydration? These simple steps will help.
- Drink water. Drink a lot, especially if you are in the sun. Take note of any thirst, and be sure to quench it quickly. Other liquids are fine in moderation, but water is most quickly absorbed and the most useful for your body.
- Get out of the sun. If you feel overly warm, find some shade and take a break.
- Find the right time. Save vigorous activity, such as yard work, for the cooler morning or evening hours.
If you suspect heatstroke, get inside immediately to cooler temperatures, either in front of an air conditioner or fan. Lie down and rest, using ice packs and cool cloths to lower body temperature. Of course, fluids are necessary to lower the body temperature as well. If you suspect the heat stroke is severe, call 911 immediately.
Protect your kid’s skin against sunburns – use sun-screening cream. SPF 30 would be good for picnics and walks, while SPF 50 protection level is what doctor offered for spending holidays on a beach.
Don’t Hurry to Undress
High temperature and bright sun are not the reasons to undress fully – this way, you can only make things worse. Dress your kids in lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothes. Prefer T-shirts to tanktops: shoulders can easily get burnt. This way, you will protect skin against sun while ensuring proper ventilation. Don’t forget about headwear! Bucket caps and sports cap are a perfect fit. Sunglasses is another accessory for staying cool 😉
Limit Your Activity In Heat Peak
Chilling out on a beach during the peak of sun activity (between 11 AM and 4 PM) is a big mistake, especially when it’s hotter than 80 °F. When on vacation, spend this time in your room, or at least find shelter under shade. Exposing your kids to the hot aggressive sun isn’t safe!
Picnic: The Source of Danger?
What could be better than an afternoon with friends, playing football and sharing a picnic? While spending your weekends outdoors having fun, mind the issue of food safety.
Any food that is prepared for a gathering that contains mayonnaise, eggs, meat or dairy must be refrigerated to remain cool. Bacteria can develop quickly in foods of room temperature or warmer.
The USDA food safety recommendations include:
- Wash your hands and all surfaces before they come into contact with food. Take wet wipes or hand sanitizer on a picnic. Dirty hands are among top reasons of food poisoning.
- Wrap meat (raw or cooked) and keep it separately from other foods.
- To avoid food poisoning, cook steak to 145 degrees, ground beef or pork to 160 degrees, and all poultry to 165 degrees. Eat immediately.
- To keep cool foods cool outdoors, pack them in a cooler filled with ice.
- Do not eat food that’s fallen on the ground and don’t let your kid do that.
- Eat only washed fruit and vegetables.
- Eat dairy products and meat as soon as possible – don’t leave them on the heat for hours.
If a person got sick from eating spoilt food, keep the following in mind.
- Try to stay away from solid foods until vomiting and/or diarrhea stop.
- Drink clear liquids, as much as can be tolerated.
- Once recovery begins, start on small, bland meals (like toast and rice)
- If improvement does not begin within 24 hours for children or 48 hours for adults, seek medical attention.
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General Hot Weather Safety Tips For Kids
Here are a few more important guidelines:
- Drink more water and don’t wait until you get thirsty.
- Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually. That applies to both games and walking.
- Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
- Never leave children in your car!
- During extreme heat, stay in air-conditioned indoor places as much as possible.
- Check the local news for health and safety updates.
Hopefully, the upcoming holidays will be enjoyable for all entire family. Mind these hot weather safety tips for kids, and you won’t have problems with heat strokes and dehydration.