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How to protect the kids from the heat of the blazing Sun this summer?

Yay!! It’s summer times. That means that we now have a longer day where the sun is still shining in the evening and much to worry about. The schools will be closing soon, and kids will be staying at home, running around, racing outdoors full of energy. I don’t know there is something about this season that makes kids runs faster and play harder. Just like you prepare when you go for the vacations such as packing your bag, your necessaries, booking your tickets and hotels, similarly there needs a lot of preparation to protect kids from summer heat.
Don’t be afraid to go out in sun In fact be sun savvy. If you expose your kids at any age to too much sunlight, it increases the risk of various diseases such as benign tumors or discoloration of skin or spotting. But it does not mean that you must confine your kids at home, you must follow some simple steps that can give complete protection to you and your child from sunny beams.
1. Sunscreen: Make sure you apply it to your kids before they move out of the house. The only thumb rule to this is apply repeatedly and the earliest. Apply it 30-40 minutes before you let your kid move out so that it can absorb into the skin. Reapplication is also very important. If you think that you applied sunscreen to your kid at 10 in the morning, it does not mean that you don’t have to apply it again. Most sunscreens must be applied after every 3-4 hours to protect you and your kid from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
2. Plan an Early morning: I know I might be sounding foolish. You must be thinking “How is it possible with a kid?”. But truly speaking it is the best thing you can do for you and your kid. It is advised that parents should not plan any outdoor activities between the time of 11-4 in the evening when the sun is fully beaming. You might be wondering then what to do as this is the time when the child is super active. You can plan some indoor painting games or other paper activities for them.
3. Cover your eyes and Head: Covering head when hot outside gives a huge relief from the sun. Sun exposure on the top head can lead to attacks and fits. Make sure you make your child wear a hat to give them shade. Many parents forget that sun rays are harmful for the eyes too. Eyes can be easily damaged due to the UV rays of the sun, so it is necessary to wear sunglasses to block the 99% of the rays entering the eye.
4. Prevent Dehydration: As a parent, I don’t know when the right time is to give my kid a glass of water and how often it is necessary in the summers. Kids should take at least 350 ml of water 30 minutes before the activity and it is advised to the kids to keep sipping water after every 15-20 minutes in between the activity. It is also important for us to check on the early symptoms of dehydration such as dry mouth, dizziness, weakness and fatigue. That is there is a relevant say “Prevention is better than cure”.
5. Beware of Mosquitoes: As the summer approaches, so does the mosquitoes. These small blood sucking insects are the part of summer evening as well as the days. To prevent the mosquito’s bites, you can apply the spray or the roll-on fabric to the exposed skin or the clothes.
Sometimes I am overwhelmed with guilt, that I do not let my kid go out in summers. But the reality is that the summer is the best season to play and have fun and few mosquito bites and the injury is worth it. You just need to follow some steps that I just provided to let your kid live and play around freely despite of the crazy summer weather.
Do let me and other moms know what else you can incorporate to let kids be free this summer? Do comment and share as “Sharing is Caring”.
Happy Parenting!!

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