That time of the year is here again when we have longer days, lighter nights and more worrying for you if you are parents. Its summer vacation time and kids are at their naughty best with nothing keeping them occupied except for fun.
It generally during this time that kids tend to find new ways and means to keep themselves occupied and away from boredom. While giving them their own space is a good way of building character and creativity in children, summer can take a toll on their health if they spend time out in sun a lot. Here are a few summer ready tips and tricks for you to keep your kids safe and sound:
Be sun savvy: Sun is a good way of getting vitamin D but long hours in the sun can do more harm than help for children. This is why it is suggested to take care of a few things before sending out kids in the sun to play.
Hydrate: Kids generally have a very short span of attention and lecturing them about hydration doesn’t really help. The best way to keep them hydrated is to act on it. Make full arrangements to hydrate your children while they play. Give them a bottle of water and add some glucose to it if you think they will be sweating it out while playing.
Never wait in a hot car: It only takes 10 minutes for a car to heat up by 19 degrees. Never leave a child alone in a car, even for a minute. Degrees can be deceiving. Fatalities can occur at temperatures as low as the mid-50s because a vehicle heats up so quickly. Children are at a great risk for heat stroke because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s does.
Avoid rapid change of temperatures: Kids run around a lot while playing and they tend to sweat more than adults. While sweating is good for them, the after hours of sitting directly in front of air conditioning and coolers to ease of sweat pangs can be dangerous for kids. They can catch a stroke. Ask them to sit in one place and let the sweat cool of by itself instead of sorting to artificial means.
Get lots of rest. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Make sure that children get lots of rest when they are active. This helps in keeping their metabolism right. They should not drink cold water immediately after active workout. Afternoon naps help in reviving the energy they might have lost during morning hours of playing.