How to Keep Kids Safe and Cool on Hot Mississippi Days

Aug 7, 2023 | News, Wellness Care

How to Keep Kids safe and cool on hot MISSISSIPPI DAYS

As the heat reaches its peak, it’s important to look out for your little ones as they can easily get overheated. Here are some of our helpful tips to keep you and your family enjoying the last bit of this hot Mississippi summer:

Stay hydrated

Children are more susceptible to dehydration than adults, so you must ensure they drink enough fluids throughout the day, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Offer them water, fruit juices, and sports drinks to replace electrolytes. However, we recommend avoiding sugary sodas or drinks with caffeine, as they can contribute to dehydration.

Apply sunscreen regularly

It’s essential to keep your kid’s delicate skin safe from harmful UV rays, especially when the sun is at its peak. Choose a child-safe, broad-spectrum sunscreen that shields against UVA and UVB rays with a minimum SPF of 30 or ideally higher. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if your child is swimming or sweating excessively. When applying it generously to all areas of the body that be exposed to the sun, don’t forget about the back of the neck, ears, and other tricky spots.

Dress for the weather

Shield their faces and protect their scalps from direct sunlight with wide caps and dress them in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton that help absorb sweat and keep their bodies cool.

Seek shade

During the hottest part of the day, typically between 10 am and 4 pm, keeping children out of direct sunlight is advisable. If you’re planning outdoor activities, schedule them for the cooler morning or evening hours. When outside, create shade using umbrellas, canopies, or seek shelter under trees.

Know the signs of Heat Exhaustion

Teaching your children about the importance of heat safety can protect them against heat exhaustion. If your child does get overheated:

  • Bring your child to a cool, shaded place – preferably in an air-conditioned building or vehicle.
  • Encourage him or her to drink cool fluids that contain salt (like sports drinks).
  • Apply a cold wet towel or sponge to the skin.
  • If the child is vomiting, turn onto their side to prevent choking.

Adopting these tips into your everyday habits can make life easier for you and let your child enjoy the summer with their friends. If you have any questions, please contact our staff at

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