I don’t know about you, but we’re all ready for a summer filled with fun! Days out with the kids, BBQs, paddling pools, days at the beach, ice creams and plenty of sunshine. I always feel so lucky when we’re blessed with hot summer days however sometimes when the summer heat gets too much to handle, it’s understandable that we begin to worry about our younger children.
Are they too hot? How do I keep them cool? How do I keep them safe in the sun? Believe it or not, you won’t have to splurge on expensive products and cash in all your dollar coins to keep your little ones cool in the heat, just some simple, straightforward advice will do!
Read on for some simple tips for keeping your toddler cool in the summer sun.
It’s always recommended that little ones are kept out of direct sunlight for extended periods, however, it’s not always easy with a toddler that wants to run around and have fun outdoors. The sun is at its hottest between 11 am and 3 pm, so you could try to plan your day around those periods.
If going out is unavoidable then ensure that your little one has a hat that covers their head and the back of their neck. And don’t forget to apply plenty of sunscreen throughout the day, always opt for a sun cream with a high factor, to ensure that their skin is protected.
The Dangers of Dehydration
We all need to be drinking plenty when we’re out in the sun. We sweat more, so we need to replenish what we’ve lost to avoid becoming dehydrated and ill. Always ensure they have plenty of fresh, cool water to hand. If you’re struggling to get your toddler to drink then be creative. Very diluted fruit juice usually works, as do homemade fruit lollies and ice cubes. Fruit not only provides a nutritious snack, but it’ll also keep their fluid levels up.
Keeping Them Cool
- Always opt for loose clothing, even just a light vest is enough. Just remember to cover any exposed areas with plenty of sun cream!
- There’s nothing better than a paddling pool to help keep the little ones cool in the sun, so try to place it in the shade so they’re not being constantly exposed whilst they’re playing. And of course, remember to supervise.
- If your child is hot at bedtime, try running them a cool bath before they go up to bed. And forget layers of PJs – keep their nightclothes and blankets, etc to a minimum. A nappy and a well-secured sheet that won’t come loose is ideal.
- It’s lovely when you wake up and the sun is already shining bright. But to keep your child’s bedroom cool, keep their curtains and blinds closed throughout the day.
Remember: If you’re at all worried about your child’s health or concerned they might have sunstroke, then don’t wait. Take them to your nearest health professional as soon as possible.