Ok ok so I know the weather hasn’t been amazing over the last few weeks, but hey this is England after all haha! But seriously it’s meant to get really warm again soon and it can be quite hard keeping children, especially younger ones cool when it does get really hot. I’ve been gathering some tips for myself and thought I would share them with you guys too.
Use a decent sunscreen.
So simple but so easily forgotten, we love P20* as it lasts ten hours after applying, and Sunsense* have recently brought out a new kids lotion that is waterproof for up to four hours, and remember that no child under the age of six months should be exposed to direct sunlight.
Again so simple and easily forgotten. When it’s really hot we really do need to drink more water, Tia has been loving her OXO tots twist top water bottle*, it has a large 12oz capacity which keeps her hydrated throughout the day. I pop in a few ice cubes on very warm days which she loves. The OXO tot sippy cup* is perfect for younger babies, it has a valve in meaning it’s leak proof. So you know when it’s empty it’s because they’ve drank the water rather than tipped it out everywhere.
Protect against insects.
For basic protection from insect bites, remember to CLOAK yourself:
• C – Cover up arms and legs with suitable clothing.
• L – Light coloured clothing is strongly advisable.
• O – Odours, bodily or otherwise, like certain kairomones and perfumes are strong attractants. So wash thoroughly, including exfoliating with a loofah, and do not use perfumes.
• A – Apply an effective insect repellent such as incognito® – www.lessmosquito.com .
• K – Keep away from stagnant water.
And lastly, don’t forget to protect their eyes.
1. Babies under the age of six months should be kept out of direct sunlight.
“The easiest way to ensure very young babies are protected is to keep them away from sunshine altogether,” advises Steve. “Pushchairs should also be fitted with screens or parasols to protect children while on the move.”
2. All children should wear quality, well fitting sunglasses.
“Without the UV factor protection carried by the CE mark there is no eye health benefit to wearing sunglasses, so check for this seal of approval,” Steve warns.
For very young children Steve recommends that parents look for wraparound styles such as Baby Banz Baby Banz, which are suitable for ages 0-2, were developed in Australia and give 100% UV protection
3. Ensure your youngsters drink plenty of fluids.
“Drinking lots of water will help your kids’ eyes maintain a healthy balance of fluid, preventing them from becoming dehydrated and irritated.”
4. Wear a hat.
“A hat that shades your children’s eyes will help to block out harmful light. Even better, choose a hat with UV protection built in – but don’t think this means you can give sunglasses a miss,” says Steve.
5. Consult your optician if your child already wears glasses.
“Many of our most popular children’s ranges can be supplied as sunglasses so they both protect and correct your children’s sight,” says Steve. “An added bonus is that if your child already wears glasses and is happy with them he or she will be more likely to be comfortable wearing sunglasses in the same style.” Optical Express’ Cool Kids and Street Seen ranges have been designed especially for children are free on the NHS.
6. Don’t forget older children.
“It’s easy to overlook older kids because they are more independent and able to play with less supervision but all children under 12 have clearer lenses so are especially sensitive to UV light,” says Steve. Optical Express stocks a wide range of junior glasses to suit all budgets.
Don’t forget about yourself.
Remember to apply your cream too and drink plenty of water to keep cool. Those who suffer with hayfever might be interested to know about a new nasel spray sold by boots opticians (which is also suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding so mums, yay) here’s some interesting stats on evening hayfever.. Boots Anti allergy nasal spray £8.99
Topline stats reveal that:
64% of hayfever sufferers admit to suffering from ‘insneezia’ – the insomnia-esque impact of night time hayfever symptoms caused by pollen falling at the end of the day as the air cools.
On a typical summer night, insneezia sufferers say that they miss out on 72 minutes of sleep – which equals nearly five whole days across the months of June to August.
The impact of night time hayfever is so strong that sufferers even admit to sticking their heads in the freezer in order to try and relieve symptoms!
New research1 from Boots Pharmaceuticals reveals that for the 18 million2 Brits who suffer from hayfever – problematic pollen does not stop when the sun goes down.
In fact, 64% of sufferers admit to suffering from ‘insneezia’ – a term that refers to the insomnia-esque impact of night time hayfever symptoms, caused by pollen falling at the end of the day as the air cools.
On a typical summer night, insneezia sufferers say that they miss out on 72 minutes of shut eye – which equates to being kept awake for a total of nearly five whole days across the months of June to August – with itchy eyes (47%) and a blocked nose (45%) being the main symptoms that blight being able to nod off. Additionally, 64% say it takes them longer to drop off as a result and an equal number (64%) find it harder to get back to sleep once they have been woken up.
We love the summer and enjoy playing in the paddling pool, visiting the beach, eating our body weight in ice cream and generally having a swell time. I’ll be remembering these tips on how to stay safe so we can enjoy ourselves all summer long.
Do you have any top tips for staying safe that you would add to mine? I would love to hear them.