Which child doesn't look forward to the summer break? After all, it is a time they can break away from the daily grind of school life, and spend whole days playing with their friends. But playtime during holidays is more likely to take place outdoors. And, infused with the excitement of breaking free and enjoying their holidays, is your child going to pay heed to your advice of staying out of the sun? Probably not! Here's what you can do to ensure your child's time in the sun is not causing her any harm.
No kid would like to hear the word "No" from their parents when they want to go outdoors and play with their friends. So, don't fret about your child getting sick in the heat. Instead, ensure you follow these steps to protect her while she has fun outside:
- Put on a cap or hat to avoid heat stroke.
- Instruct her to take breaks in between playtime to sit in the shade, so as to avoid exhaustion.
- Apply sunscreen (those available for children), as their skin is more sensitive and extra prone to sunburn. The sunscreen will help by keeping the skin's natural moisture locked in.
- Ensure your child's clothing is light and airy. Cottons and linen are the best choices and avoid too many layers. Cotton t-shirts and shorts work well both for girls and boys. Even footwear needs to be airy, so avoid closed shoes during this season.
Whether your child is indoors or outdoors, the hot weather can leave her parched and weak. Here's what you can do to keep your little tot well-hydrated and full of energy in summers:
- Encourage your child to have a glass (or at least half a glass) of water every hour or so. This becomes even more important when the weather is humid, as the body tends to lose a lot of essential salts and minerals along with moisture, when sweating.
- Always keep a bottle of water or juice handy when stepping out in the sun.
- Offer your child healthy supplements such as glucose drinks or fresh lime water at least once a day. This will take care of their taste buds as well as replenish the body with the required amount of liquids.
With a change in season, it's imperative to bring a change in the food you offer your child to provide her with that extra boost of hydration and energy. Here's what you need to do:
- Include fruits like watermelons, mangoes and grapes in her daily diet. These are seasonal and will be easily available.
- Choose veggies and salads with high water content, as this will keep your child hydrated.
- Intense heat and humidity can kill anyone's appetite. So, encourage your child to eat at regular intervals by opting for some tasty snacks and treats like homemade ice lollies (you could get your kid to make this with you), fruit salads, jellies or custards.
These simple tips can help you prep your child for the summer heat, and leave you stress-free while she enjoys her time out in the sun! Have any other ideas on preparing kids for the summer season? Share them with us in the comments tab below.