Keep Your Kids Cool in Summer Heat
First, make sure they’re dressed for the weather. Sometimes this will mean spending the entire day in their swimsuits, and that’s okay! Start the day in layers so they have options as the temperature rises.
Apply sunscreen often. Don’t let more than a couple of hours go by without reapplying a high SPF anywhere that might be exposed. This is especially important if your child is swimming or partaking in physical activity, as water and sweat will cause the sunscreen to wear off more quickly.
Keep them hydrated. Have plenty of water on hand (try freezing water bottles overnight so they stay cool all day). When it comes to mealtime, serve cool, hydrating fruits and veggies like watermelon, strawberries and grapes.
Stay inside. Sometimes it’s just too hot to go outside. Make the most of extremely hot days by going to the movies or the mall, where air conditioning will be on full blast. Even the zoo or aquarium has plenty of indoor spaces that are temperature regulated for the animals.
Most importantly, keep an eye on your kids when the temperature rises. If they start to look tired, pale or seem disoriented, get them to a cool location and give them plenty of fluids. Take the proper precautions so you can enjoy your summer.