Sweaty palms, tanned necklines, parched throats and oily scalps - most of us have been through our fair share of summer season ordeals during childhood. Which is why, we know that as children, it’s much tougher to deal with extreme climatic conditions.
As mercury levels surge to an all-time high, it’s time to make some quick lifestyle changes. While a wardrobe makeover is imperative – replacing bulky black boots with flimsy flip-flops and snuggly sweaters with carefree crop tops, there are several other factors that figure in.
Here are a few summer-friendly tricks to keep kids healthy during summer without compromising on the fun quotient:
Replace Unhealthy with Healthy
The health of your child is paramount. Make sure that your child drinks enough water and other refreshing coolers and smoothies to beat the heat. But hydration is not the only point of concern; your kid’s diet also comes into play. And it’s usually snack time when kids tend to reach out for junk food. Cater to those 4 pm hunger pangs by serving healthy options like freshly cut fruits, sliced vegetables with hummus (carrot sticks and pepper are both colourful and tasty), low-fat cheese sticks and whole grain crackers with peanut butter.
Wear Light Coloured Clothes
When shopping for your kids’ summer wardrobe, opt for soft cottons and breezy linens in light pastel colours like blush pinks, cool blues, and earthy tones of white. Also, kids’ summer dresses with longer sleeves is a wise option to keep your kid comfortable and safe from the harmful rays of the sun.
Establish Basic Principles of Hygiene
Indian summers are high on humidity, which in turn can lead to heavy sweating. Sweaty underarms, palms and feet are the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria that cause fungal infections. In order to shield your kid against these infections, encourage practices for basic hygiene - a quick shower after playtime, a thorough hand wash or use of hand sanitizer before and after meals, etc. But make sure to practise what you preach!
Application of a high SPF sunscreen is a must whenever stepping out during the day. Sunscreen protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun, and is strongly recommended if your child is spending long hours in the sun. Explain to your kid why it’s so important and get them to reapply if they plan to attend a long outdoor activity. Sunscreen is also a must before a swim as sun rays combined with water’s chlorine content can lead to serious skin damage.
It is extremely essential to keep kids up and active for at least 60 minutes a day. Archery, dance classes, soccer, you name it; there’s probably a summer camp out there. Another activity popularly enjoyed in the summer is swimming. Plus, kids who swim are known to become active adults. After all, what better way to rejuvenate after a tiring day at school!