Children and Heat-Related Illness
With summer comes all kinds of outdoor sports: baseball, tennis, football practice, swimming and more. Before sending kids out to play in the neighborhood, to sports practice or camp, or just for a long day of play in the sun, learn how to protect them against heat-related illness.
Make sure they stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Stay away from really cold drinks or drinks with too much sugar.
Loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing will help keep them cool.
Make sure they use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
Children and Car Safety in the Summer
Never leave infants or children in a parked car.
Leaving a window open is not enough: temperatures inside the car can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes, even with a window cracked open.
Even when it feels cool outside, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly.
Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death.
To remind yourself that a child is in the car, when the child is buckled in the backseat, place a stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
When leaving the car, check to make sure everyone is out of the car. Check the backseat for any children who have fallen asleep.