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5 Preventive Measures for Kids Playing Outdoors on Hot Summer Days

By Nathan Butland: 

Because when the sun’s shining, why let anything ruin your summer holidays?

For families, the summer months are some of the most anticipated months of the year. For kids, it means playing in the garden, going on picnics, days out, family outings and having fun with their friends.

However, as the days get hotter, the risk of heat-related conditions such as dehydration, exhaustion and heat rash simultaneously increase, causing many parents to worry. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

Below, you’ll find a list of some of the best ways to keep your kids cool during the summer months even if they refuse to sit in the shade!

#1 — Drink Enough Water

Perhaps the most important item on this list. You need to make sure that your child is drinking enough water throughout the day to keep them hydrated. This will help minimize all kinds of health risks and conditions. In short, aim for between 1.5 – 2 liters a day, perhaps more with excessive exercise.

#2 — Wear Loose-Fitting Clothes

When your child is running around in the sun, they’re going to sweat; it’s inevitable. However, your child’s wearing tight-fitting clothes is going to cause his/her clothes to stick to the skin — one of the leading causes of heat rash, which is best avoided.

#3 — Set Up Cool Down Areas

Whether your children are playing outside in the garden, in their playhouses or running into and out of your house, making sure these areas are cool and dry is one of the best ways to keep your child’s well-being in check.

The most effective way of doing this is by setting up a portable air conditioning unitwhich can keep the air dry and reduce the humidity, thus reducing the risk of heat-related health conditions.

#4 — Play in Shady Areas

If your children are playing outside, try to encourage them to play in shady areas so they avoid playing in direct sunlight. This is a great way to reduce the risk of sun-related problems such as heat rash, excessive sweating, sunburn and the harmful UV raysthe sun produces.

#5 — Use Sunscreen!

Sunscreen is one of the most effective productswhen it comes to helping your child stay protected in the hot summer weather, especially when they’re running around. Aim to buy at least SPF 30 for the most benefit, and reapply every two hours. If your child is playing in water, you may need to reapply more regularly than this.

Nathan Butland blogs about home improvement at HomeRiff. A Dallas resident, Nathan is a huge sports buff, and is more likely to forget his own birthday than missing an F1 grand prix.

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