July 27, 2020
The summer months bring lots of sunshine and hot weather. More often than not, the days are beautiful, but sometimes the heat can become overwhelming. Heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and extreme sunburns are all risks, so if you have young children, you must keep them safe.
Below are some tips that parents can use to ensure that their children are safe and comfortable during the worst summer heat:
- Keep your children inside or in the shade during mid-day. The sun is the most extreme and most harmful during the middle of the day. This is an excellent time to retreat indoors or find some shade to rest in until the rays are a little less intense.
- Use sunscreen. It does not matter how dark your child’s complexion is, their skin will need protection from the harsh sun. Put sunscreen on their faces every day, regardless of your plans to play outside. If you do choose to play outside, sunscreen their entire bodies and reapply every few hours for full coverage.
- Stay hydrated. Convince your children to drink fluids, even when they do not say they are thirsty. Dehydration can happen fast, so stay on top of it during the hottest months.
- Avoid dark clothing. Dark colors absorb more light and therefore make their wearers hotter in direct sunlight. Save the dark clothes for winter and dress your children in lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Never leave your children in a car unattended. Locked cars can get extremely hot, extremely fast. Eleven children have already perished in 2020 from being left alone in hot cars. Protect your children by never leaving them unattended. Even for a few minutes.
- Take a refreshing bath or shower to cool down. If your child appears to be overheating, get them submerged in cold or lukewarm water quickly. This will bring their body temperature down and help ensure their safety.
Yes, summertime is a lot of fun, but it is nothing to be taken lightly. Remember summer safety to keep your family healthy, happy, and at play. If your child is somehow injured this summer, don’t hesitate to call Para Los Trabajadores for help. We are here to assist you.