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Kid-Friendly Cool-Downs & Heat Safety


Kid-Friendly Cool-Downs & Heat Safety

Summertime is finally here, meaning more recreational activities can take place outdoors. We know the summer sun is calling, but it’s essential to ensure you and your family are set to handle the heat. Get the kids involved to prepare these easy, cool-down snacks and treats and follow these other tips to keep everyone safe throughout the hot summer season:

1. Stay Hydrated
Hydration is crucial for staying safe in the summer heat, especially for the little ones. Kids have less ability to sweat than adults, making them more prone to dehydration. Encourage your kids to get into the habit of drinking water before, during and after physical activities. PLUS, try one (or all three) of our kid-friendly cool-down recipes that hydrate with water-rich fruits and veggies.

2. Light Clothing & Heavy Sunscreen
Dark-colored clothing absorbs the sun, which can increase internal body temperatures. Stay cool by wearing loose-fitting, lightweight clothing (made with cotton material that’s both cool and protective). Protect your scalp and eyes with wide-brimmed sun hats and sunglasses.

Sun exposure can have short and long-term effects, including sunburn, skin aging and skin cancer. Prevent sunburn from UV rays by using sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Apply generously 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure, so it absorbs into the skin. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after the kids sweat, swim or dry off with a towel.

3. Schedule Frequent Breaks
It’s important to take breaks from basking in the sun, so your body doesn’t overheat. To stay cool, take rest periods in air-conditioned indoor locations, and be sure to limit outdoor activity in extreme heat, especially midday when the sun is hottest.

Debra Heverling
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