The best ways to prevent heat stroke in children this summer
Ireland is set for a major heat wave this week.
While this is fantastic, keeping small children safe in the sun is more important than ever.
Babies and young children can dehydrate and become ill from intense heat far quicker than adults, sometimes leading to the child being hospitalised.
This doesn't mean you need to keep your child under lock and key as there are many ways to prevent them from getting heat stroke, including the ways listed below.
Stock up on suncream
Both of my children have been fortunate enough not to inherit my pale skin, but that still doesn't mean they can go out without being slathered in sun cream.
Even if the sun doesn't burn your skin the UVA can still cause the damage that can lead to skin cancer.
A short amount of time, less than half an hour, is fine for children to spend outside without sun cream as it helps their intake of Vitamin D but aside from that, babies and small children should always wear a strong factor when playing outdoors.
Keep them hydrated
One of the biggest causes of heat stroke is dehydration.
The sunshine may be fabulous but it also makes us lose fluids faster than we usually would, and for small children, this can be dangerous.
Make sure that you always have water on hand when you're out and about with the kids to prevent any unnecessary loss of hydration.
Stick to the shade
During the good weather, kids love nothing better than playing in the park and on the beach, but they should be kept well shaded.
The sun is at it's highest between 10 am and 4 pm and during these times is more likely to cause damage.
During these times keep children shaded either by the natural environment, like trees, or with sun hats and parasols. Pop up tents are also fantastic at keeping young children protected from the sun if you're spending a day at the beach.