As mid-July approaches, so do some of the hottest days of the year. This week in the Dallas area, highs reached up to 100 degrees. The Houston area even experienced the hottest day of the year on Tuesday, July 14th. Below are some tips to survive the summer heat while staying safe and having fun.
Always Stay Hydrated-
Stay hydrated by drinking water, juice, or milk. Sports drinks and sodas might sound good, but both contain a lot of sugar and lack nutrients. Check out FamilyWize.org for healthy alternatives to soda in the summer.
Wear Loose Fitting Clothing-
Loose fitted clothing will allow air to circulate and keep the body cool. Wearing cotton will also keep the body cool, because it is a natural fiber and will breathe. Wearing dark colors in the summer should also be avoided, along with man made fibers.
Avoid Heat Related Illness-
Heat related illness can be serious if not taken care of properly. There are three different kinds of heat related illness: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. The first step to treating each illness is to immediately remove the children from the heat, and to a cool area. For more information regarding all of the signs and symptoms of heat related illness, be sure and check out this blog post written by Dr. Kristi Whitenton.
During the summer months, it is always important to wear sunscreen. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours. Aim for a higher SPF, to keep the sunburn away.
For more summer safety tips, be sure and check out our other recent blog posts. Urgent Care for Kids wishes you a safe and happy summer!