If you’re as lucky as we have been, you’ve been enjoying glorious heat for the past few weeks! Sun, sea, sand and laughter is on the cards, and I can’t wait for the rest of the summer to enjoy with the family! As a parent, you need to make sure that your children are nice and cool. Too much sun can lead to sunstroke, which causes headaches, red and throbbing skin, vomiting and nausea, and even lightheadedness. As you can see, sunstroke is no laughing matter, so it’s important to take the necessary precautions with the kids to ensure that they don’t have to go through it. Take a look at these easy and simple ways of keeping the kids cool in the summer heat so that your children don’t have to suffer in the sun!
Hats, shades & collars
If there’s one thing that every child should have in this blazing sun it’s sun hats, shades and collars on their tops (if and when possible) to shade their necks from the sun. The head is usually the first part of your body to feel the heat. The hat, shades and collars will protect your kids eyes and skin from the sun’s rays. Even if you’re children are wearing protective clothing, it’s still important to slather them in sun lotion to protect their skin from becoming burnt.
You’ll probably agree yourself, there’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day in the sun to find that your home is sweltering. This makes it harder for the body to cool down, so it’s important to keep your home as cool as possible. Here’s some tips:
- Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. The sun can often dry the air out making it harder to breathe in.
- Have some blockout blinds put into your home. The kids bedrooms might be a good idea so that when it comes to bedtime, their room is nice and cool for them.
- Consider investing in an air conditioning unit for your home. Not only will it keep you and the family cool but the air you’re breathing will be fresher and free of allergens like pollen and dust.
Plenty of water
In every sense of the word, water is your best friend. Like literally. It’s understandable that it might be harder to get the kids to chug a litre or two of it, but adding some squash or even buying flavoured water is keeping them hydrated. Don’t forget that on the particularly warmer days, you must up your water intake more than normal to count for any sweating and other forms of water loss in the body.
Finally, probably the best and most fun way of keeping your kiddies cool this summer is by giving them ice cream – and what child is going to moan at that? You can pick up multipacks of ice cream and ice lollies at pretty much any supermarket, but if you’ve got an Iceland near you then head out and stock up the freezer as it looks like it’s going to be a scorcher! Have a lovely summer keeping cool!