As the temperatures climb and the sun is shining, outdoor activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Whether it’s swimming, hiking, biking, or just going to the playground, your children want to be on the move as the weather warms up. As they get more active outdoors, they are likely to fall, slip, and stumble. There are important tips parents can follow to keep your children safe as they enjoy the outdoors. You don’t want an unexpected trip to the Emergency Department to ruin a beautiful sunny day.
You get out what you put in
No matter what activity you do outside, it is important to consider hydration and nutrition for warm weather safety.
Hydration: Remind your children to drink water throughout the day because heat-related illness can be very serious and even life-threatening. Before, during, and after any physical activity, kids need to drink plenty of water, especially in hot weather.
Try to avoid caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks. The goal is to drink a half cup to two cups of water every 15 to 20 minutes while exercising. Help them to understand why hydrating is important, especially when it’s warm out and they’re sweating, and that thirst is one of the first signs of dehydration — so don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
Nutrition: Play is a healthy way for your child to burn off their energy and get moving, but that energy is limited by what your child eats and drinks.