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Dealing with hot weather and children

With the warmer weather making an appearance recently – and hopefully staying✌ the opportunity to spend time outdoors is inviting, so how do you keep children safe in the sun?

Firstly, children and babies manage heat differently from adults, their ability to cool themselves down is reduced as they produce less sweat and generate more heat when they are exercising.  As a result, they are at higher risk of overheating and developing a heat-related illness and need to be monitored carefully during hot weather.   Heat can also make existing illnesses worse.

Tips for a hot room;

  • Monitor the temperature with a room thermometer
  • Reduce layers, no bedding and just a nappy/underwear during nap time is fine in hot weather
  • Close the blinds/curtains and if safe to do so keep windows/doors open during the day to keep the room cool and try and circulate air
  • Using fans can help circulate the air, however do not point them directly at the child and ensure they are out of reach
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