Children and heat, how to protect them
During the summer, we all need to pay attention to special attention to heat To avoid heat stroke or sunstroke (if you expose yourself too much to the sun). Special precautions must be taken by the elderly but also by parents for their children especially at the seaside by adopting protective sunscreens.
Here are some useful tips to protect their children from the heat:
- prefer light-weight, light-colored clothing
- avoid sun exposure during the hottest hours (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), use appropriate sunscreen on all parts that remain exposed, protect the head with a hat and, if possible, also use sunglasses.
Use these precautions even if the child remains in the shade under the umbrella.
- In the case of infants less than 6 months old, avoid exposure to sunlight by all means
- Do not let children engage in physical activity during the hottest hours of the day
- avoid walks during the hottest hours of the day in parks and green areas of large urban centers because it is here and during these hours that more ozone produced by vehicles accumulates.
This precaution should be followed more in the case of children who have health problems such as heart, circulatory, respiratory or lung diseases.
- Pay attention that children drink sufficient amounts of water (no cold or carbonated drinks).
One should offer their child to drink at least 6 times a day, even if they are not thirsty, and in the case of a very active child, give them a glass of water every 15 minutes or so.
- Prefer a light diet of fruits and vegetables for their children
- not leaving for any reason, and even for a very short time, children alone in the car.
Finally, it should be mentioned that in case the child shows symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, confusion or weakness (typical of heat stroke), it is necessary to call a doctor immediately.