During a heat wave, the NHS highlights that temperatures around 30°C in daytime hours and 15°C during the night for two days or more can have a serious impact on family health. Babies, young children and older people can easily suffer from dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke, so understanding the point at which you need to intervene and cool the family down is important.
Here, we've got some of our top tips for keeping cool during the warmer weather - but make sure you speak to a medical professional if you have any concerns.
Avoid the heat of the day
The sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm. Not only does this mean that the outdoor temperature will be at its highest, it also means there's a higher risk of sun burn. If you do have to go outside during this time, ensure you cover the family in a high SPF sunscreen, and cover up with loose, light clothing and hats.
Keep your family topped up with tasty, cooling drinks throughout the hot days. Fruit juice and water is ideal for this - you could even make plain water tastier by popping some sliced lemon and lime in a jug of water and allowing it time in the fridge to chill - perfect for getting those with picky taste buds to enjoy drinking water!
Homemade fruit ice lollies are a great way of keeping the older kids hydrated, and don't forget, if you're bottle feeding your baby, you can give them cooled boiled water after their usual milk feeds.
Close the bedroom curtains
Bedtime can be a struggle in the summer as it is, and having a room that's uncomfortably hot can only add to that struggle! Keeping the blinds or curtains shut through the day can help keep the room cool - and if you find that direct sunlight is a real problem, you could try placing a reflective surface on the outside of the window.
Have fun with water
Whether it's a water fight or a paddle in the pool, having fun in the water is a great way of keeping the kids entertained but at a sensible temperature in the sun. As before, avoid the heat of the day if heading outside and make sure they are coated in sunscreen - but why not embrace some practical fun?!
NHS Summer Health - http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx
NHS “How Can I Keep My Baby Safe? - http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1955.aspx?CategoryID=62#
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