This story was initially printed in June 2019.
Summer time is right here. Youngsters need to run round and play. Many sit up for time outside having fun with the attractive climate whereas it lasts. Nevertheless it’s vital to know that youngsters can get extremely popular in a short time and need assistance to remain hydrated — or know when it’s too scorching to play outdoors.
Particularly when my youngsters have been younger, it appeared like they weren’t even conscious of the temperature in any respect. They may maintain going and going if I didn’t make them cease for a drink, a dip within the pool or a fast dampen.
Bangor Metro talked with medical doctors who educated us on when it’s too scorching for our children to be outdoors in the summertime months, what we are able to do to guard them earlier than going out within the heat climate and indicators to search for in our children if we predict they is perhaps getting overheated.
Exercise degree issues
How energetic are your youngsters? That can assist decide when is just too scorching for them to play outdoors.
“If they’re working round in direct daylight, plenty of youngsters will overheat in minutes even within the excessive 80s,” stated Gina Posner, a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Middle in Fountain Valley, California.
It additionally issues how they’re being energetic. If it’s 100 levels and they’re swimming, enjoying with water toys and within the shade, going outdoors is okay if you’re preserving a detailed eye on them.
A great rule of thumb, stated S. Daniel Ganjuan, a pediatrician at John’s Well being Middle in Santa Monica, California, is to concentrate to how you’re feeling outdoors. “If it’s too scorching for you, it’s too scorching to your youngsters,” Ganjuan stated. So, even if you’re sweating whereas sitting underneath the shade, and so they appear nice, it’s greatest to not threat it.
Take note of the warmth index
Are you accustomed to the warmth index? That’s the measure of how scorching it feels primarily based on the temperature and humidity. For example, an 88 diploma day with 70 p.c humidity looks like 100 levels in accordance with a chart ready by the Nationwide Climate Service. (You’ll be able to view that chart right here.)
Caitlin Hoff, a well being and security Investigator for Consumersafety.org, stated that keeping track of the warmth index is a brilliant factor to do.
“When the warmth index is 100 levels or extra, warmth exhaustion is far more possible with out security measures taken,” Hoff stated.
By no means skimp on water, shade or sunscreen
So what can a mother or father do? Make certain your youngsters have shade, loads of water and sunscreen each time they’re outdoors. Additionally, attempt to keep away from spending lengthy durations in direct daylight.
Ganjuan additionally recommends dressing your youngsters in gentle, lengthy sleeve clothes. At all times apply a protected sunscreen on youngsters over 6 months outdated. This must be reapplied each two hours and after water play with a view to be efficient.
Infants underneath 6 months outdated shouldn’t use any form of sunscreen although, Ganjuan stated. With youngsters that younger, solar publicity must be prevented all collectively.
“Their pores and skin is further delicate,” Ganjuan stated.
Additionally, it’s vital to notice that the youthful the kid, the extra seemingly they’ll overheat. “[They] are much less prone to really feel and perceive the hazards of utmost warmth,” Hoff stated.
Warning indicators to search for
If you’re already outdoors on a heat day, it’s particularly vital to maintain checking your youngsters for indicators of overheating.
Posner and Ganjuan each say to be careful for warning indicators of overheating. “[These include] fever, decreased variety of moist diapers, cranky habits or being overly drained,” Posner stated. In the event you discover these signs, they counsel a lukewarm bathtub, loads of fluids and a name to your pediatrician.
This story was initially printed in Bangor Metro’s June/July 2019 problem. To subscribe to the journal, click on right here.