How to Keep Children Safe in the Heat

As we head into the hottest part of the season, here are some things to remember when spending time in the heat:

  • Stay hydrated. Children should drink plenty of fluids, especially water, even if they are not thirsty. Avoid sugary drinks and drinks with caffeine.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. This will help children stay cool and prevent them from overheating.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day. If children must be outside, try to schedule activities for the morning or evening hours.
  • Take cool baths or showers. This can help children cool down and feel refreshed.
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning, try to stay in cool, shady areas.
  • Never leave children unattended in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. The temperature inside a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels, even on a mild day.

Please consult your child’s physician for any health-related issues. This post is not medical advice.