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Any Advisory for Mothers about Summer Care for Kids

When it comes to summer season the mother has to be to be careful regarding many factors which might cause harm to their kids. Kids are more sensitive towards every seasonal change, so the mothers have to take the precautionary measures. While the sun shines extremely bright illumining the heat mothers must assure the well being of the kid such that the kids stay safe and healthy in sunny summers.

  • Prickly heat is very common. So wear loose, cotton clothes. Have a bath daily. Use prickly heat powder if required.
  • Infections bacterial and fungal are very common. Transmitted by school contact with other kids. Consult a doctor if you see any skin rash not subsiding within 24 hours. Use antibacterial hand washes after play. Antifungal powders to be dusted after bath if the child is prone to fungal infections.
  • Adequate water intake is to be ensured as children may not realize they are thirsty if they are busy playing. Water with electrolytes like Glucon D and Tang are refreshing and beneficial too.
  • Use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and soaps. Bathing at least once a day is a must. If the hair gets dirty, scalp gets itchy and oily daily, do not hesitate to use an everyday shampoo to wash hair daily.
  • Sun-protection behaviors:
    • The regular use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and PA factor of 2 to 3+. Sprays, lotions, gels, etc, are available specially for kids. Sunscreen must be applied on lips also. Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand because they reflect the damaging rays of the sun.
    • If child is prone to skin irritation or allergic reactions, select a physical or chemical-free sunscreen with the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
    • Reapply sunscreen approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
    • Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible. Bright or dark-colored clothing, such as blues, reds, greens, and yellows (including socks) offer more protection than pale colors. Avoid white.
    • Seek shade when appropriate, and remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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