Summer Is Here!

Summer is here, and as always, it’s going to be a hot one!

Children, especially infants and young children, depend on parents or caregivers to make sure they stay cool, have enough to drink, and notice if they are becoming sick from heat.

What Parents & Caregivers Can Do:
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Dress children in lightweight, loose-fitting and light-colored clothing.
  • Give them a cool bath.
  • Make sure they drink lots of fluids (limit sugary drinks). Water, juices, or sports drinks for children. Breast milk, formula, milk, or drinks like Pedialyte for infants.
  • Check for signs of heat-related illness and dehydration. Signs to look for in young children: less urine, no tears when crying, dry or sticky mouth, crankiness, fatigue.
Car Safety Tips for the Heat:
  • Never leave children (or anyone else, or pets) by themselves in a vehicle, even if the windows are down. Never leave a sleeping infant in the car. Always make sure all children have left the car when you get out of the car.
  • Check to make sure your child’s car seat and seat belts are not too hot before putting your child in the car, especially if your car has been parked in the sun.
  • Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.
  • Always lock car doors and trunks, even when at home, and keep keys out of children’s reach.
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