Not only can the heat impact his/her fragile skin and cause irritation, rashes, burns, etc., it can also lead to heat strokes and cause nausea, headaches and weakness.
New Delhi: School-going children have little to no choice when it comes to being exposed to the harsh rays of the sun and the heat in the summer season. The school gets over during the afternoon, which is the hottest time of the day and has loo blowing, especially in areas of northern India. Even when the summer break begins in May, with temperatures rising above 40 in the month of April itself, children are exposed to heat for a long duration and may be at risk of getting sick due to a heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
It is important to take steps to keep your child safe from excessive heat. Not only can the heat impact his/her fragile skin and cause irritation, rashes, burns, etc., it can also lead to heat strokes and cause nausea, headaches and weakness. Symptoms of heat strokes in children include severe headaches, weakness, dizziness, rapid breathing, nausea and vomiting. Here are a few tips to keep your child safe from heat strokes during the extremely hot summers.
Keep the clothing right
Children spend a lot of their time in their school uniform. While you might take care of your child’s normal clothing, you might forget to consider his/her school uniform. Make sure there is no excess clothing on your child’s body. Use absorbent and light materials like cotton for his/her clothing.
Keep your child hydrated
Encourage your child to drink a lot of water and fluids. Include fluids like fruit juices, lemonade, fruit milkshakes, etc. in his diet. Make sure he/she carries a water bottle to school. You can add cucumbers, watermelons and other hydrating foods and fruits in your child’s tiffin box.
If your child feels really hot and uncomfortable, a cool shower may help in keeping his body at the right temperature. You can also wash his/her face with cool water after he/she reaches home from school, and encourage a shower after he/she goes out to play in the evening. This will help keep the sweat and germs away, and also cool his body down.
Make sure your child eats the right and healthy meals when he/she is out in the heat for a long duration during the day. A healthy meal will help improve his/her immunity and keep your child safe during the extreme summer. A healthy meal will also ensure that you include all seasonal fruits and vegetables in the diet, which will help combat the problems of the season.
While you may be very particular about applying sunscreen to your skin before you step out, you might have never thought of using it on your child’s skin. However, sunscreen is really important to keep your child’s skin safe during extreme heat. Excess heat can cause sunburns, rashes, redness and infections on your child’s skin.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.