While in Britain you can never guarantee hot sunshine in the summer, we usually have a few days of it at some point. Because it is a relatively rare occurrence, we are not well prepared for when a heatwave does come along, but just in case we do get another sighting of the sun this year, here are some tips to help keep the kids cool.
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 essential 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 kid’s eyes and skin from the sun’s rays. Even if your children are wearing protective clothing, it is still important to slather them in sun lotion to protect their skin from becoming burnt. Try to keep them out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm, which is when the sun is at its hottest.
You will probably agree that there is 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 is essential to keep your home as cool as possible. Purchasing a portable air conditioning unit always feels like the most natural way of doing it, but check out these cheaper tips to keep your home cool during summer.
Plenty of water
In every sense of the word, water is your best friend. It is 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, so head out and stock up the freezer if it looks like it is going to be a scorcher! Have a lovely summer keeping cool!
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