Follow these safety tips for outdoor activities under the sun:
- If your child begins to get sick or queasy from the heat, have him or her lie down in a cool, shady spot and give fluids. If this doesn't help, seek medical assistance.
- Children need constant fluids to avoid heat stress. Water is ideal, but lemonade, fruit juices, snow cones and Popsicles also are good choices.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is a diuretic, which causes a person to urinate the water he or she should be retaining.
- Protect babies’ and children’s skin from sunburns. Most of our sun exposure happens before we turn 18 years old and may contribute to the risk of developing cancer later in life.
To learn more about protecting your child while outdoors, visit our health topic on Sun Safety.