Summertime is here, and that means the sun is out and the heat is high! While kids are looking forward to a summer vacation spent running, playing and exploring outside, as a parent there are steps you can take to avoid heat stress in your children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics these are five great ways to keep things cool this summer:
• In conditions of high heat or humidity, reduce the intensity level for activities that last 15 minutes or longer
• Allow a 7 to 14 day acclimatization period for warmer temperatures and more strenuous exercise by planning a gradual increase in the intensity and length of outdoor activities
• Make sure your child drinks freely and does not feel thirsty prior to playing outside. While active, take a water or sports drink break every 20 minutes.
• Dress kids for the heat with lightweight, light colored clothing. Single layers of absorbent material are best to help wick away sweat, and kids should change into fresh clothes if they become saturated.
• Shorten game times and provide more frequent water breaks in cases of high heat. Most importantly, keep a close eye on your child and make sure they move to a cooler environment if they feel dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous.
For more tips on wellness and healthy living for kids, visit Florida Hospital for Children online!