Don’t let the heat stop your summer fun! There are plenty of ways to keep you and your child protected even as temperatures rise. Here are a few tips for playing safe in the sun this summer:
Making sure your child is well-hydrated is very important, especially when the weather gets hot! Make sure your child drinks plenty of water throughout the day, especially if they’ve spent time running outside or swimming. It’s a good idea to pack plenty of reusable water bottles for any summer activity, so that you can refill them as often as necessary!
Wearing sunscreen is the best way to keep your child safe from the heat this summer! Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, apply 15 minutes before exposure, and reapply often, especially if your child has been swimming or sweating. And remember, the sun can reach any uncovered patch of skin, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your child’s face, ears, and tops of feet! If you know you’ll be walking or playing for long periods of time, bring along a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses for extra protection against UV rays!
Stay in the Shade
While your child may want to play in the sun all day, it’s smart to spend some time in the shade occasionally, especially during mid-day when the sun’s rays are strongest. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM is considered prime time for UV rays, so try to plan your lunch break or nap time during these hours to give you and your child a break from constant sun exposure!
Beat Heat Exhaustion
Do you notice your child feeling fatigued or sluggish after spending time in the sun? Children often experience heat exhaustion after playing outside in the heat for too long, and their bodies can’t cool down fast enough. If this happens, be sure to bring your child indoors or to a shady spot to rest, recover, and hydrate!
Heaven’s Elect Christian Learning Center is a Non-denominational Christian childcare center fully licensed by the state of Michigan. Our Midland childcare center has been serving the community since 2000. Please contact us at heavenselect.com.