Summer will soon be here, and so will the warmer temperatures. If you and your kids are going to be spending time outside this summer, it's time to start planning some safety measures. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities. However, if you're not prepared, your kids could end up sick and miserable. Before you plan your outdoor activities, here are four steps you should take to make sure your kids stay healthy and happy this summer.
When it comes to summer activities, the first thing you need to plan for is hydration. Your kids – and you – will need to stay hydrated if you want to avoid heat problems. Before you head out for the day, make sure you've packed a supply of bottled water. If you're going to be gone all day, and you want a fresh supply of cool water, throw a few bottles of water in the freezer the night before. The heat will thaw the water out and you'll have access to cool water throughout the day. It's also a good idea to pack some fresh fruit, especially grapes and watermelon. They're a healthy and tasty way to stay hydrated.
Bring Along the Sunscreen
If you're going to be outside in the sun with your kids this summer, don't forget to bring the sunscreen. Exposure to direct sunlight can damage your kids skin, and leave them susceptible to skin cancer later in life. Protect your children from the sun by applying a generous amount of sunscreen each time they head outside. It's also a good idea to reapply sunscreen after they get out of the water. Don't forget to apply some sunscreen to your own skin too.
Watch the Ears
If your kids are going to spend a lot of time in the water this summer, you'll need to watch their ears. Water can build up inside the ear canal and lead to ear pain and infections. For the best protection, be sure to dry your kids ears thoroughly as soon as they're done swimming or running through the sprinklers.
Keep Things Cool
You might not realize this, but the clothing that your children wear this summer will have an effect on their health. Heavy, non-breathable material can hold moisture up against your child's skin, which can lead to rashes and even skin infections. Not only that, but the non-breathable material can make your children feel hotter when they're outside. To keep your kids cool and comfortable this summer, dress them in lightweight, cotton fabrics.
Summer will be here before you know it. Keep your kids happy and healthy by following the tips provided here. Talk to your pediatrician about other simple tips that will protect your kids while they're busy having fun in the sun.