Staying Hydrated During the Hot Florida Summer
We all know how hot it can be outside during the summer in Florida. As the temperature rises, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses. That’s why it’s important to ensure your children stay safe in the heat to prevent dehydration.
Follow these tips to keep your child safe and hydrated this summer.
- Make sure they have plenty of water. It’s ok to let your child have sports drinks while they are exercising, but they do contain high levels of sugars. Encourage water as their main source of fluid.
- Give them time to adjust to the heat. Increase the intensity and length of outdoor activity to give your child’s body a chance to gradually adjust to the heat.
- Know your child’s physical condition. Children that are not accustomed to physical activity are more susceptible to dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. If you know your child had not been active lately, limit their outdoor activity and schedule it for cooler times of the day.
- Watch the weather and heat index. While it is important to keep an eye on the weather to avoid afternoon thundershowers, pay attention to the heat index. If possible, avoid outdoor activity when the heat and humidity are at their highest.
- Dress your child in proper clothing. Light colored, loose-fitting clothing is best. Clothing with ventilation allows the heat to escape, keeping your child’s body cooler.