Summer break is a time that children and parents look forward to the most. It’s the time to relax, enjoy and indulge in a whole lot of activities. While parents get busy with looking for a summer camp and planning a vacation, children can hardly wait to run outdoors and play to their heart’s content. Outdoor play is a must for every child, for both fun and physical activity. However, with Mr. Sun shining at his brightest best, it is wise for parents take a few precautionary steps for their kids and themselves.
PRACTICE SUN SMART
Kids who are active outdoors during peak sunny hours can suffer from heat exhaustion. Avoid being in the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and when outside, try staying in a shaded area as much as possible.
TUNE IN TO SUNSCREEN
Upon heading outdoors ensure a sun screen. Child-friendly sunscreens of SPF of 30 and above that protect against both UVA and UVB rays is considered to be the best for Indian summers. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before they go outside or for swimming and reapply it every two hours, and after they come out of the pool.
Light colored, non-synthetic clothes are soft on the skin and absorb lesser heat. It is also advisable to carry other essentials such as like eye gear and a hat if you are heading for an outing.
HYDRATE TO BEAT THE HEAT
As temperatures around us sore, the body’s natural temperature control mechanism tends to take a hit, resulting in heat related illness. One of the best ways to avoid this is by staying cool and hydrated. Drinking lots of water, taking cold showers, cold water sprinkles and summer drinks are at best to combat heat.
BE WATER WISE
On a hot day, a dip in the pool is very refreshing for both kids and adults. However, while doing so it is important to ensure pool safety. While in the pool, kids must be supervised by an adult at all times and young ones mustnâ€™t be farther than an arm’s reach.
GUARD AGAINST CREEPY-CRAWLIES
Keep mosquitoes and bugs from bugging you outdoors, as bug-bites are one of the major transmitters of several diseases. To avert mosquito and bug bites, use a child-friendly repellant that can be either applied on the skin or a spray for your surroundings.
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