Friday, 5 July 2013

Day five : Summertime #31daysinjuly

                              A little bit of sunshine brings out the best in people!!
It is true that a little bit of warm sunshine can bring out the best in people, and the same can be said for children! At last the season has come where you can kick off your shoes, dress in your swimming gear and get out for a splash in the paddling pool (well, if you are a child anyway!)

The summer heralds a time where children should be getting outside and enjoying outdoor play. Of course, any weather is great for outdoor play, but they tend to enjoy themselves more as if they get wet, for example, they will soon dry off!! The indoors can come outside, with the toys they are used to playing with in their rooms are now introduced outside. There is more space to roam and the feeling of can see why the summer brings out the best in them!

But, as with all things, we have to make sure we are keeping our children safe when out in the heat. has the following points to consider when out with your children in the sun :

Never leave children or pets in parked vehicles.

Dress appropriately for the heat by putting on light-coloured clothing.

Drink plenty of fluids, and stay away from alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.

Stay out of the sun—sunburn lessens your body’s ability to dissipate heat.

Spend time somewhere cool, whether that means the shady end of the pool or in the air-conditioned aisles of the grocery store. .

Be aware of the symptoms of three heat-related illnesses:

.• Heat cramps: muscle cramps and spasms in legs and abdomen, heavy sweating

Heat exhaustion: weakness, pale/clammy skin, weak pulse, heavy sweating, dizziness, nausea, fainting

Heat stroke: headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, high body temperature (above 106°), rapid pulse .

For heat stroke and heat exhaustion, give the victim fluids and put him or her in a cool area to be monitored; with heat stroke, medical attention is needed right away.

So, get out there (safely!) and enjoy the summer, however brief it may be (I for one and glad the sun came out for today's theme!!)

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