How to Protect Your Kids From the Summer Heat

summer heat

I can’t help but hear Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” playing in my head as we approach the summer break. Whether your kids are soaking up the sun in the backyard, building sandcastles on the beach, diving into fun activities at camp, or stuck at home driving you nuts, wherever they may be, it’s important to prioritize their safety.

There’s nothing worse than forgetting to reapply your sunscreen and looking like a steamed red lobster at the end of the day because you were just having way too much fun (yeah, we’ve all been there). As delicious as steamed red lobsters look, I can assure you, you’ll be anything but delicious-looking. Not to mention, your next few days will be spent staring out of a window watching everyone else have fun while you lather yourself in aloe vera. Sun damage builds up over time. Teaching your kids at an early age to cover up and be safe in the sunshine is important.

How to keep kids safe in the summer heat:

Check the Weather: The suns rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. I know, smack dab in the middle of the day. It just doesn’t seem fair. Spending too much time outside during these hours can set you up for sun damage, but if your kids are just dying to go for an afternoon swim or to play ball in the yard, make sure that you keep this article in mind before you send them outside.

Proper Clothing: Keep your kids covered. Dress them in light clothing with sleeves, and don’t forget their hat. Covering the areas on their little bodies that get direct sunlight will offer more protection.

Apply Sunscreen: Applying sunscreen can help decrease chances of skin cancer, reduce sun spots and slows down premature aging of the skin. Reapply your kids’ sunscreen every two hours. Note- some medications can increase chances of getting a sunburn. Make sure to check with your doctor for proper precautions that you or your child may need to take.

Limit Outdoor Play During Peak Hours: Right now, you’re probably thinking, “Come on summer break is all about being outside and soaking up the sun,” but you might want to think twice about that. Spending too much time in the direct sun for days at a time can be harmful. There are so many fun things to do with your children that don’t involve sweating and burning outdoors. Some ideas include: going to the museum, seeing a movie, getting ice cream, or arts and crafts.

Hydrate: Drink lots of water before, during, and after being outside. The summer heat is brutal and you’re going to sweat a lot, especially in Florida. I like to say, “I don’t sweat, I glisten.” If you’re outside “glistening,”  you’ll need to replenish your electrolytes. When you’re at Publix, make sure to look for drinks that are high in electrolytes.

When it comes to sun protection, you can never be too careful. Most children by the age of 18 have already reached their lifetime sun exposure. Teaching our kids at an early age about the importance of staying safe in the sun can greatly reduce the risk of skin cancer and keep us healthier longer.

Take a second to enjoy this classic from the 70s, and have a great summer.

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