How Do You Stay Safe During the Summer Heat?

June 30, 2008 by  
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I don’t know about your kids but mine live outdoors during the Summer months. They love to play in the backyard pool and have picnics in the shade. It’s great for me because it keeps the house clean for at least a couple of hours! However, it’s during these times that families must be extra careful when it comes to outdoor exposures to heat, bugs, damaging sun rays, and dehydration.

To help you stay safe during the Summer Heat, Mommy Docs and The Clorox Company have joined up to provide you with these valuable safety tips:

  • Have a Sun Protection Strategy: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sunscreen with a minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15. Look for products that provide “broad spectrum” coverage to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Use this sunscreen routine with your child–daily application 30 minutes before going outside and reapplication every 2 hours (or sooner if swimming, toweling off, or sweating). Creating a routine will establish good habits for the future. In addition, don’t forget a wide brim hat, sunglasses with 99-100% UVA/UVB protection, and sun protective clothing.
  • Keep Pests off Your Little One: In the summer, many insects can bite or sting your child. For pesky mosquitoes and ticks, consider a DEET containing insect repellant. Apply sparingly to exposed skin (avoid backs of hands and around the eyes and mouth) and/or to clothing once a day. As the percentage of DEET goes up, the duration of action increases. To prevent unnecessary exposure, always use the lowest percentage that will last for the planned length of time spent outdoors. Never go above 30% or use on children under 2 months old.
  • Keep the Pool Cool and Clean: Small yard pools provide a great way for kids to have fun and cool down when the temperature rises, but they can also harbor germs, such as bacteria. To keep the pool free from unwanted “swimmers,” after each use disinfect it with bleach by cleaning with a solution of ¾ cup regular bleach to one gallon of water, then rinse well and dry thoroughly. Safety must: Always supervise children regardless of age when they are around any water; whether it’s a bucket, a small backyard plastic pool, or the local community pool.
  • High Heat Means Hydrate: Excessive heat exposure may cause your child to experience a heat-related illness such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke. How to prevent this: take breaks in the shade, avoid playing outside during peak sun exposure hours, and drink, drink, drink! Make sure your child is taking in plenty of fluids before he become thirsty.
  • Rid Rashes and Relieve Itchies: Running through the yard in bare feet, taking a nature walk on a trail, and picnicing in the park are some of the joys of warmer weather. But all of this outdoor activity can expose your child to a host of plants including those which cause poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. If an allergic reaction occurs, ask the pediatrician about an oral antihistamine and/or a topical skin care product such as a steroid cream or calamine. If the rash is extensive, looks infected, or is not getting better, call your doctor right away.

As for me, my Summer tip is . . . don’t put your child in a regular diaper when they’re going swimming. LOL!


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Do you have any other tips or suggestions that work for your family?

Spotlight Comment from Channah @ Get a Grip, Mom!:
Oh my gosh, that was hilarious! I totally forgot what summer tip I had after watching that video! The diaper was as big as your daughter!

I’m the queen; look at me!

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Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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21 Responses to “How Do You Stay Safe During the Summer Heat?”
  1. 1

    How about always bringing extra clothes all the time (when going out) and/or towels. It’s not good for chilrdren to have shirts wet with sweat for a long time.

    Sandier Pastures’s last blog post..it’s hot and I have no iPod

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    Ok, I finally saw the small video clip there. Hilarious! I like the bouncy-diaper dance!

    Sandier Pastures’s last blog post..it’s hot and I have no iPod

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    happyathome says:

    I think what really surprises me is the fact they state at least SPF 15 sunblock and not 30 SPF. I wonder how much of a difference there is between the two. The pool cleaning is also a big one, easy to do also if you use a spray bottle of bleach solution and a quick scrub. We have a deep well so I have to fill the water up in the morning so it isn’t so cold! I laugh seeing my daughter get it, surprised how cold it is and stands there with this blank look getting ready to cry instead of getting out! Does that make me mean?

    happyathome’s last blog post..Tackle It Tuesday

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    Dawn says:

    I want to know if anyone can give me the secret to getting the kids sunscreen on without the pulling away whining and overall aggravation…ugh…one time, just once, I think they should get good an burnt just to prove my point…ugh…but I just can’t…

    Dawn’s last blog post..Look how Super I am

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    Melanie says:

    Your little ones are adorable and that video is hillarious!

    My tip will help with hydration – I know that most kids don’t think to stop and take a water break regularly, so offer sugar free freezer pops throughout the day – hydration + cool down + a little treat = wonderful ;)

    Melanie’s last blog post..Ramblings of a Road Trip Mama

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    Dayna says:

    Oh my goodness, ditto on the no regular diapers when swimming! LOL!

    We live in the desert and it’s ridiculously hot, so we have to do all of our summer outside time early in the morning or late in the evening. Our summer tip is to have lots of arts and crafts projects indoors to beat the heat outside!

    Dayna’s last blog post..Buggles-ism

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    Melissa says:

    You know, I understand that you should put sunscreen on your kids… but I am curious about something. Recently I read an article where several Doctors said there is an “epedemic” of Vitamin D deficiency in our kids. Their bones are becoming thinner because of it. They aren’t getting enough in their diets AND we slather so much sunscreen on them that they can’t get it from the sun. The article said 15 minutes a day in the sun is really all that is needed. But then I read another article that says ANY exposure to the sun is bad and can eventually cause skin cancer. So – what is a parent to do? I know most people would say to find it through diet, but I’ve got picky eaters that won’t eat the foods that are good for them.
    Sorry… as for my summer safety tip – if we know we’re going to be in an area with poisonous plants or biting bugs, I have the kids wear long pants. It may be a tad uncomfortable, but it’s better than picking up a tick or poison ivy!

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    Cathi says:

    My spam word is smile! Your video made me more than smile, it made me laugh out loud!!
    So…is girly girl starving or attention?!?
    Kailani, your girl’s are so darling and their personalities are adorable!

    Cathi’s last blog post..Happy Birthday ‘B’

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    Kathy says:

    Love the video!

    I keep a cooler out back with water bottles and juice boxes – a trash can is beside it. I have noticed they’ll drink more without encouragement from me if they know that it’s handy for them at all times. I also have umbrellas lying around the yard with beach towels under them – you’ll find them under them and just chatting away all the time.

    Kathy’s last blog post..Sinking Soda and other Science Activities

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    Channah says:

    Oh my gosh, that was hilarious! I totally forgot what summer tip I had after watching that video! The diaper was as big as your daughter!

    I’m the queen; look at me!

    Channah’s last blog post..This sounds like a movie plot…

  12. 12

    Seems like this post is making its way across the blogosphere! Thanks for turning us on to Mom Central Kailani. =)

    Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland’s last blog post..123 Favorite Kids Songs CD Set Giveaway

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    Tammy says:

    OK, that video you made is adorable! LOL

    We don’t have access to a pool, but I sure wish we did! So not coming from any personal experience, I’d add to supervise all children who are in the pool- even older grade schoolers.

    And make sure our kids wear their helmets when they ride bikes.
    (My youngest is just learning to ride without training wheels…so in her case, she also needs knee pads!) :)

    Tammy’s last blog post..She’s Nine!

  14. 14
    Dee says:

    Baby Bug is so darned CUTE!

    Dee’s last blog post..It Dawned On Me

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    Oh, Baby Bug is going to be quite a dancer when she grows up.

    I couldn’t come up with a tip either, for the simple fact I can’t stop smiling or giggeling at your cute video.

    Christine@AreWeThereYetMom’s last blog post..A New Journey Begins

  16. 16

    Be careful what kind of tree you put your baby under. You don’t want coconuts dropping on her head!

    Mozi Esme’s Mommy’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

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    UptakeInOH says:

    That clip is too cute!

    We use the spray sunscreen only now. These days you can get Target’s brand for the half the price of the name brand, and if you watch for sales, you can even get 2 for 1 of the Target spray. It’s so much less of a hassle to get it on the kids and is less messy.

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    Renee says:

    we LOVE the spray on sunscreen. We were at my brothers and decided at the last minute to go to a nearby park…it was so nice to just grab our can of sunscreen and spray us in about a minute and be ready to go play. Course today I used it for the first time on my back (I wore my swimsuit today for the first time this year) and burr that spray on sunscreen is cold going on, but it warmed up quickly. ;)

    I bought these insulated water bottle carriers that are a must have in our house. so much easier to carry the water and keep hydrated.

    Oh and we keep a neat sheet & camp chairs in the car along side of our sunscreen & hats so we’re always ready for a day out.

    Renee’s last blog post..Awww Shucks!

  19. 19

    Thanks for sharing these valuable summer tips. I love the funny video. Priceless moment.

    Rach (Heart of Rachel)’s last blog post..I Miss the Gym

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    Jessica K says:

    Hey Melissa, I wanted to tell you what I do to balance the vitamin D/sunscreen issue. When my boys are out early in the morning or later in the evening, we don’t bother with sunscreen. They don’t come any more fair-skinned than my younger son, and he has never gotten burned doing this. We ALWAYS wear spf 50 if we are out during peak sunshine hours of 10-4.
    Kailani, that is the CUTEST video ever! I showed it to Grayson, and he laughed his head off. :)

    Jessica K’s last blog post..And Then We Bought a Rope

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    [...] But for me, the interesting part was product testing. They took 2 diapers – Luvs and the “other leading brand – and tested them side-by-side. They poured blue water in each one at the same time and let it sit for a couple of minutes. You could see how the Luvs diapers instantly absorbed the liquid while the “other leading brand” only absorbed a portion of it. They then place a piece of paper on the wetness with a weight equal to a baby on top of that. In the end, there was nothing left of the liquid in the Luvs diaper. Even when I touched the lining, I couldn’t feel any wetness. I don’t even want to tell you how much liquid rolled off the “other leading brand”. Needless to say, I’m going to be switching to Pampers as soon as I get home. Maybe then I won’t get peed on during our plane rides. Hmmm . . . I wonder how they would hold up in the swimming pool? [...]

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