Summer in many areas of the world can be swelteringly hot. Even if you don’t live in an area with extreme humidity, a dry heat can be just as hard on the body, especially for little ones who don’t quite know how to take care of themselves on their own yet. Knowing this, it’s vital that you as the parent know ways to keep your kids cool when it gets hot. While being inside in the air conditioning is great, you can’t realistically stay inside all summer long. So to help stay cool when you’re out in the heat, here are three tips for helping keep your kids cool outside this summer.
Keep Spray Bottles On Hand
If your kids are playing outside in the water, it’s going to be easy enough to make sure they’re not getting too hot. However, if your kids are outside and not playing in water, it becomes very easy for them to overheat. To combat this, Gretchen Bossio, a contributor to WhatToExpect.com, recommends getting some spray bottles from a dollar store and keeping them with you when you plan to be outside. Simply giving your kids a quick spritz will help them feel cooler and fight the effects of their little bodies getting too hot. For an even more refreshing mist, keep these spray bottles in the fridge when you’re not using them.
A Simple Hat Trick
A big part of staying cool in the summer is staying out of the sun. But as most moms know, it can be hard to limit your child to a shaded area and ensure that he or she will stay there. Luckily, there are a few ways to make the shade portable by putting a large-brimmed hat on your child. This can keep the sun out of their eyes and off their face. However, underneath those hats can be pretty hot and sweaty. For this reason, Melissa Conrad Stoppler, a contributor to MedicineNet.com, suggests periodically pouring cool water into your child’s hat before replacing it on his or her head. This will keep that area cool and prevent them from overheating.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
To keep your kids from getting a heat-related sickness, the best thing you can do is make sure they’re hydrated. Dr. Tiffany Otto Knipe, a contributor to Mother.ly, writes that if you wait to give your kids something to drink until they get thirsty, they’re already well on their way to getting dehydrated. This means you’ve got to always be on the defensive and giving your kids plenty of liquids when it’s hot outside. If older than 6 months, your child can drink water in addition to milk. Also, if your child is older and has been playing hard, you may want to give something to help replenish their electrolytes as well.
To make sure your kids are safe in the heat, use the tips mentioned above to help your little ones stay cool despite the summer sun.