Summer is here in all its blazing glory and it is imperative to keep your children protected from the scorching sunrays and the sapping heat. With the right tools and preparation, you can take proper care of your kid and can give him a pleasant summer experience as well.
Here are 9 ways to make the season easy for your little one.
1. Keep them well-hydrated
Children need extra hydration during summers. Some of the clear signs of dehydration are a flushed face, restlessness and rapid breathing. Kids may not always present dripping sweat as a symptom of dehydration. Note that breastfed babies under six months of age should not be given water. You may give very small amounts to a formula-fed baby. Babies older than 6 months should drink 50% more water than usual in the summer months.
2. Dress them in accordance with the weather and setting
If your child will be spending time outdoors dress them in loose-fitting and lightweight outfits. A long-sleeved shirt, light coloured pants and a hat with wide brim can help protect them from the sun. Natural fibres such as cotton absorb perspiration better than synthetic materials.
3. Use the right kind of baby carrier
The combination of a carrier's confining space and the heat of your body can bother a kid in no time. Pick a carrier that is made from lightweight nylon. Heavy fabrics such as denim will prove highly uncomfortable to them. If your child seems to be in discomfort or flushed, take him off the carrier immediately.
4. Make sure your surroundings are well ventilated
Toddlers do not perspire effectively and thus can become overheated more rapidly than an adult would. You must ensure that you are not leaving your child in a parked car or hot room.
5. Look for shade
Spending even a short amount of time in the sun can prove hazardous for a young child. Babies, especially, have thin skin and must be protected from direct exposure to harsh sunlight. When visiting a beach or park to keep your child entertained in summers, use an umbrella or seek out a shaded area such as under a tree. A convenient item that you can take to the beach is a tent that is made of fabric designed to block the harmful rays of the sun. Pick a tent that has proper ventilation through its see-through mesh sides. It can be beneficial if you buy your kid good quality sunglasses in order to shield the eyes and lessen the glare.
6. Take care of their skin
If the kid sweats profusely, tiny bumps may start appearing on the groin, on the backs of knees or neck. To prevent rashes, dress her in light cotton clothes and apply corn scratch baby-powder as well to the areas that are affected. Keeping your kid in a cool room can help relieve the problem. Sunburn can cause your toddler more irritation so invest in a good quality baby sunscreen. A very minimal amount is best for babies under six months; you can apply it more generously and often to older kids. Apply the sunscreen whenever your child gets sweaty or wet. Look for waterproof sunscreens for kids with sun protection factor.
7. Time outdoor activities wisely
The worst time for outdoor activities is noon as at this time of the day, the sun does the maximum harm to the skin. Plan outdoor activities with your kid in the morning or evening. Exposing the kids to the boiling summer heat might cause them to fall ill.
8. Feed them to suit the season
You must pay attention to your child's diet. Their food must contain a good amount of water. Vegetables and citrus fruits are go-to items. Keep your fridge stocked with snack bags of vegetables such as carrots, celery and cucumbers and fruits such as apples, pears or berries. Very high-calorie foods are not recommended since your child is unlikely to engage in enough physical activity to burn the excess energy.
9. Make sure they get enough sleep
This is a more general piece of advice. Sound sleep is mandatory for healthy mental and physical development in kids. Schedule a bedtime for your child and keep to it. A scheduled nap during the day when it is too hot to go outside will also keep them energised (and you too!).