Preventing heat related illness for you Child
Prevent your child from experiencing heat illness, here are some ways include:
• Stay well hydrated –Teach your child to always drink plenty of fluids before and during an activity in hot, sunny weather – even if he or she isn’t thirsty. Give them a spray bottle to mist themselves Water and sports drinks are the drinks of choice.
• Use water as a primary source of fluids – Alcoholic beverages and sugar laden drinks should be avoided
• Limit outdoor time during mid-day – Make sure your child only participates in heavy activity outdoors before noon and after 6 PM. Teach your child to come indoors immediately whenever he or she feels overheated.
• Dress appropriately –Make sure your child wears light-colored loose clothing. Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothes. This will provide maximum protection from the sun, and allow air circulation for cooling. Protect your child from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses and using an umbrella.