The sun may not have its hat on during the entire summer in the UK, but when it does decide to pop it back on it’s important to take the right precautions.

Children and babies are very vulnerable during hot spells and are more at risk from heat-related illnesses than us adults. Of course, when the sun is shining, the last thing you want is to be cooped up in the house with your little ones. You want them to be outside playing and having fun.

We know what it’s like when children are out playing and getting excited, they work up a sweat and don’t want to take a breather. So, we’ve put together a few top tips for you to keep at the forefront of your mind, so they can have fun playing in the sunshine without overheating!

We can’t emphasise enough the importance of your little ones keeping cool in hot temperatures. Without taking the right precautions, they could be at risk of the following:

  • Heat rash
  • Sunburn
  • Dehydration
  • Heat stroke

There are plenty of ways to prevent these happening to your child, whilst at the same time, letting them have lots of fun in the sun.

Peak times

We strongly advise enjoying the sun with your children out of peak times. It’s recommended to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, preventing overheating and sunburn.

Get covered

Sun cream

It is absolutely vital to apply the correct sun cream to your child, as exposing them to sun damage can increase their risk of skin cancer later in life. As well as this, sunburn is painful and causes real discomfort to them in the short term. It is recommended that you should apply sun protection of at least SPF30 to ensure they’re getting the right coverage.

Make sure when applying sun cream that you don’t forget those hard-to-reach, often forgotten areas, like behind the ears and elbows!

Clothing

If you’re on holiday or down by the beach, it’s a good idea to invest in a swimming costume with more coverage. You can find some really cool and colourful ones that gives them more protection from the sun. It’s also handy during peak times to cover them up with a light, over-sized t-shirt to play in, just to add that extra bit of coverage.

We also advise investing in a floppy hat with a wide brim that will cover their face as well as their neck. This way they will be sunburn free during all that sand castle building!

Keeping hydrated

To prevent your little shipmate from getting heat stroke or dehydration, there are plenty of things you can do to keep them hydrated and cool.

Monitor their fluids

We cannot express enough the importance of encouraging your child to drink water throughout the day. If they’re not a big water drinker, or you’d like to chop and change it up a bit, low-sugar fruit squash is a great alternative and it’s slightly more appealing.

You can also freeze bottles of juice or water to give to your child during the day. This is a super refreshing alternative and will keep them cool.

For another tasty, nutritious treat, have a go at making an iced smoothie. Not only will this be thirst quenching on a hot summer’s day, but your little one can make them with you too!

Ice-lollies

What a better way to cool down in the sun than with an ice-lolly? Not only is this a tasty treat, but it will also help to keep your little one’s temperature down to where it should be!

The supermarkets offer lots of different varieties and during the summer they’re usually on offer. However, if you prefer, you can always make your own! There are so many yummy recipes out there, including many that use fresh fruit (a great way to get in one of their five-a-day). This way you know that they’re consuming all natural ingredients and sugar.

Frozen fruit

Cool your little ones down after endless playing and running around with a nutritious, refreshing snack. Why not try your child on frozen fruit? It’s perfect for taking down their temperature and will contribute as one of their five-a-day.

When you’re out and about, it’s worth investing in a small carry fan or a spray bottle of ice water to keep cool when necessary as well.

As the sun has been making its appearance over the past few months, we’ve been posting some delicious recipe ideas across our Facebook pages. You can check them out here and have a go at making them with your little shipmate.

At Little Shipmates, your child’s health and wellbeing are our main priorities. During the summer we take extra precautions on hot days to ensure that your child is cool, refreshed and covered whilst enjoying the sunshine. If you’d like to have the comfort of knowing that your little one is safe in the sun, feel free to get in touch with us!

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