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The temperatures are rising, and the last days of summer break are here, leading many parents to want to make the most of the waning days of summer. It’s essential, though, to stop and think about the dangers posed by the record temperatures when your child is playing outside. Taking some time to look at how to keep your child safe in the heat is always a good idea.

Pay Attention to these Summer Heat Dangers

First and foremost, you’ll need to remember that it’s never a good idea for a child to stay outside in extreme temperatures for very long. You’ll want to use your best judgment, of course, but frequent breaks from playing outside are a must. Even if this just means sitting in the shade under an umbrella for a few minutes, giving your child’s body time to cool down and adapt will be helpful.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that your child is wearing light clothing that won’t further increase their body heat. Hats can do a great job of providing shade and protection, but make sure that you’re also using sunblock on your child when they go outside – the last thing you want to deal with is a sunburn, after all. Remember, sunblock does need to be reapplied, so pay attention to the labels on the products that you use.

Finally, make sure that your child stays well-hydrated when outside. Bring a large water bottle with you any time you go outside, and make sure that your child is frequently drinking. It’s also a good idea to consider bringing some kind of healthy sports drink with you as well, as your child will need to replenish their electrolytes after a hard day of playing and sweating.

While you certainly don’t need to feel like you should always keep your child inside, it is important to make sure that you’re keeping your child safe when the temperatures rise. The right clothing, the right amount of water, and frequent breaks during play can help your child stay safe while still giving them an excellent chance to make the most of these last days of their summer break.


Not only is the weather beginning to change, but more people are starting to get out and about as vaccination levels rise. This means for this first time in quite a while, many kids will get a chance to go out and play. Before you allow your child to do so, though, you’ll want to take a few basic warm weather precautions.

Staying Safe During Outdoors Activities

The first step to take is always sun protection. Even if it’s not hot, the threat of sunburn and resulting skin conditions is very real. As such, it’s important to not only make sure that you protect your child by applying sunscreen as advised by the product’s directions, but also to ensure that your child is wearing proper clothing and a hat to reduce the amount of his or her skin that’s exposed to the sun.

It’s also very important that your child remains hydrated. Fortunately, this can be as simple as ensuring that you bring a water bottle with you to the park or playground and that your child takes regular breaks to drink. Remember, the harder your child plays, the more he or she is going to need, so don’t be afraid to bring backup water.

Finally, make sure that you give your child frequent breaks from playing outside when the weather finally starts to get hot. Playing outside is fantastic for your child, of course, but heatstroke is still a very real possibility for even the most outdoor-oriented of children. If your child is starting to get lethargic or slowing down, it might be a good time to come in and have a break.

While you should definitely take precautions, you should also remember to enjoy the sunny weather with your child. Not only is taking the time to get out and exercise good for your health, but it’s also a great chance for you to bond with your child. Take the same precautions, of course, but make sure to have fun while the pleasant weather is here.