The weather forecast for this summer is looking good – the Met Office is predicting temperatures in the mid-twenties, cloudless skies and dry weather for the majority of the next few weeks. Though this glorious sunshine will be welcomed by anyone having a staycation in the UK, such as anyone staying at our Prestatyn holiday parks, it is important to be prepared and prevent any of the dangers that come with the heat and sun.
Babies and young children, in particular, can become ill during hot weather, affected by dehydration, sunburn and heat exhaustion or heat stroke. To keep them feeling happy and healthy, we have put together some tips for what you can do:
- Babies less than six months old should be kept out of the sun. Their skin does not have enough melanin; the pigment that gives our skin, eyes and hair our colour, and provides some protection from the sun.
- Older infants should also be kept out of the sun, particularly when the sun is at its strongest, from around 11am to 3pm. If you are out when it is hot, have a parasol or sunshade on your baby’s pushchair.
- Apply at least SPF 15 sun protection to your babies skin. The product should protect against UVA and UVB rays, and you can easily find products that are catered for children and young children.
- Apply sunscreen regularly, particularly if your child has been in the sea or a pool, as it will wash off.
- Have a sunhat for your child, one that has a wide brim and a flap at the back that will protect their head and neck from the sun. You can also get them sunglasses, to give their eyes some more protection.
- Dehydration is something everyone should avoid in the heat, as it can lead to worse problems such as heat exhaustion. For adults, it is best to avoid caffeine and alcohol and stick to water or diluted juice and squash.
- For breastfed babies, you may want to do it more often. If you’re bottle-feeding, you can give your child cooled boiled water throughout the day in addition to the milk.
- Children can get bored of water, so there are ways to be creative to ensure they are getting enough water – try giving them diluted fruit juice, ice cubes, fruit ice lollies and fresh fruit to snack on as well as cold water.
- Get a paddling pool, keep it in the shade, and then you and your kids can have fun splashing about and keeping cool in the water. You might also want to do cool baths before bedtime instead of hot ones.
- Keep bedrooms cool during the day by closing the blinds or curtains, and have a fan to keep air circulating the air. Going home to a cool room is very welcoming after a day in the sun.
- When it comes to sleeping, keep nightwear to a minimum; just a nappy with a single sheet secured tight or pants and a vest if they are older. Make sure the room is well ventilated, and the temperature is comfortable – between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius. Babies are difficult to settle when it is too hot and are likely to wake up more often during the night.
- If you have an electric fan set up in your holiday home, put a frozen water bottle in front of the fan, so it is blowing cool air around the room rather than blowing the warm air.
- Leave water bottles refrigerated, so when you finish one bottle, you can quickly get If you are heading out for the day, leave water bottles in the freezer overnight, so the water stays cold throughout the day, and leave extra water bottles in a cool box.
- Eat spicy food; the heat of the dish makes you sweat and in turn, cools you down naturally – many hot countries eat spicy food for this reason. However, spicy food is not good for babies and children.
- Leave your sunscreen, after sun lotions and moisturisers in the fridge, which will give you a cool and refreshing lift when you apply them in the morning.
- Invest in a beach umbrella or tent that will provide you with some shade for days at the beach. These can be used at your holiday caravan and back home too.