happens a lot faster in the summer sun- for most of us dehydration
sneaks up on us after being in constant heat without drinking liquids
for extended periods of time. Always hydrate before, during, and after
all summer activities. This is especially true when we or our children
are swimming. It is easy to forget to drink enough when you are in the
pool feeling comfortable and cool. Make sure you give your children
plenty of fluids before swimming and take “water breaks” like you would
if they were playing a sport. Early signs of dehydration- general fatigue and weakness , tired, headache, parched lips, thirsty, dry skin, skin flushing, chills, dark colored urine-
Always keep water and electrolyte solution with you this time of year.
Be sure to send an extra bottle of water with your child to school
2. Eye protection-
parents should educate their children regarding sun dangers
particularly as it intensifies in the summer. This includes wearing a
hat and sunglasses- sunglasses should have a large lens or wrap around
frames. They should block 100% of UV rays and absorb most of HEV rays.
Make sure they are inspected and are impact resistant. ( Be careful with
inexpensive party favor glasses that may break while your child is
3. Skin care in the heat- besides sun tan lotion ( see article on sun awareness ) those with sensitive skin can get flushed and develop heat rashes – In
the summer we need to take care of our children’s skin especially with
the increased humidity and drying effect of swimming. Everyone should,
especially anyone with eczema, use moisturizer 2 x a day, and apply a
generous coating after rinsing off from the pool or beach as well as the
shower. Sweating, particularly in areas of contact with surfaces like
car seats, makes skin more irritated. It also may cause preservatives
and detergents to leach out from clothing. Be especially vigilant with
angles of the body like behind the knees and elbows. Try to wear looser
fitting clothing made out of cotton and washed with gentle allergy free
detergent like those you used for your baby.
4. Surface danger-any surface that has been out in the summer sun for extended period of time could cause burns and skin damage.
surfaces are particularly susceptible since much of it is metal. From
the door to the buckle on the seat belt, little hands can get burned
easily. Be careful of things left in the car as well, like games and
toys. Anything with metal components may burn your child when they go to
play with it. Cover your car windows when you have to park your car
directly in the sun.
and beach- the area around the pool particularly the edge is very hot
and can cause burns on little hands and feet when a small child is
holding onto the side of a pool and do not realize they are getting
burned while they are cooling off in the water. Of course the sand on
the beach is hot, but so is anything you bring with you and leave out in
the sun before your child plays with it from cups to toys.
and playground-benches, monkey bars and other park and sports equipment
are always hot and can cause skin irritation and burns. Try to find
parks with shade coverage unless you go in the early morning or late
5. Unattended in car-Never leave children in the car unattended even for short periods of time. You
will always underestimate the effect and may get delayed. Take the
extra step- either spend time taking your child with you for the errand
even if it is a brief outing. Plan ahead and think through your decision
to bring your child with you in the first place.