Kids and the Heat
CHARLOTTE,NC- Summer officially began June 21st, but our summer conditions have been here for weeks. And because of the extreme heat, we need to take precautions as parents.
First and foremost: hydrate says Dr. Samarel of Kids First Pediatrics. "We prefer kids to continuously hydrate not just binge as you will before activities or during activities but continuously drinking water. Water has been proven to be the best sports drink and that has been corroborated by the American Academy of Pediatrics here recently."
Being outside in the sunshine is what you do during the summer! But being out during the heat of the day, is not the best idea. if you can be out from 7 to 9 in the morning and after dinner time the kids won't get nearly as overheated. Dr Samarel suggests if you do have to be out during the hottest point of the day, don't stay for long... around 15-30 minutes... and always remember sunscreen.
"Don't allow cloudy weather or lack of sun to lull you into thinking sun block isn't needed. In this weather unless it is raining and you are indoors then you need sun block. Apply it liberally. Apply it frequently. And make it part of your regular routine," says Dr. Samarel.
If you are jammed-packed with fun activities outdoors with the kids: pay attention to them and their concerns. This is key for our little ones says Dr. Samarel especially in the extreme cases. If a child is not urinating as much as he or she usually does or if they feel like they have a very fast heart rate, they feel very lethargic, or in the very extreme case their behavior has changed that should raise a red flag for a parent to seek health care or medical care for the child as soon as possible.
With the summer sun beaming down on us, remember these tips and your family will thank you!