Keeping Kids Safe from the Summer Heat

Health Tips
April 24, 2020
3 min read
Keeping Kids Safe from the Summer Heat

As the seasons begin to change and the weather begins to heat up, make sure to keep these tips in mind to help protect the kiddos!

Tip #1: Apply sunscreen early and often

When shopping for the proper sunscreen make sure to look for the "broad spectrum" label. This type of sunscreen will not only protect your little ones from UVB rays, but it will also protect them from UVA rays as well! We suggest that you opt for at least SPF 15 and make sure to apply 30 minutes before going out into the sun. Once outside, make sure to reapply every 2 hours and your little ones should be good to go! 

Tip #2: Keep newborns out of the sun

Babies 6 months old and under shouldn't be out in the sun for they can become hot very easily and they can't wear sunblock to protect them from the sun. Therefore, it's probably best to keep them inside or in the shade if you choose to go outside! Dress them in lightweight pants and long-sleeves to provide even more protection if possible.

Tip #3: Protect their head and face with a hat

Hats not only protect the scalp from burning, but they also protect your kiddos faces and ears from sun exposure. While baseball caps may be popular, they don't efficiently protect our ears and necks as well as wide-brimmed hats do.

Tip #4: Protect their eyes

Kids eyes haven't matured to filter UV rays effectively so the average kid takes in three times the UV exposure of adults. We suggest buying your child some sunglasses, not the toy kind, were talking the kind with UV protection to help protect their little eyeballs.

Tip #5: Loose, light clothing is best

Make sure to dress the little ones in cool, comfortable clothing. Light colored cotton is the best option, and will allow sweat to evaporate. Another great option is UV clothing, which can have up to 50 SPF! 

Tip #6: Limit sun exposure at peak times

On those super hot days, try to avoid outside playtime during the hottest times of the day, usually 11am - 3pm. Bring the kids inside to play in the AC for a little bit or find a nice tree to sit under and relax for a bit! 

Tip #7: Never leave the kids in the car

Over the last 20 years, more than 600 kids have died as a result of being left in hot cars. Even just a few minutes can be deadly, as temperatures rise quickly and kids are more susceptible to heat stroke. Never leave children in the car even for a moment, and always make sure to check the backseat before exiting your vehicle.

Tip #8: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Keep your kiddos hydrated! We suggest avoiding any sugary drinks such as soda, tea, sugary juices, or sports drinks for these beverages may actually have a diuretic affect. Water is the best option for hydrating, but coconut water and even milk are good options too.

Tip #9: Watch for signs of heat illness

Learn the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Be on the lookout for weakness, fainting, lack of sweat, cramping, nausea, headaches, and sudden high temperatures. If your child's symptoms are severe, get emergency help as soon as possible.

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Additional Resources

Summer Safety Tips: A Guide to Protecting Kids from the Heat

Safe Summer for Kids - Family Health - CDC

Summer Safety Checklist for Kids

Summer Safety Tips - Seattle Children's