Summer is upon us, and the kids are off school – this means that there is a lot of free time on their hands. There are potentially lots of summer health problems and summer diseases that you may want to be aware of during this time. This is why we have put together a list of ways you can take care of children’s health in summer to avoid any issues.
Take Sun Safety Precautions
The sun protection children need is a little bit more complicated than adults, but there are lots of sun care options available. You need to make sure that you aren’t exposing your child to too much sun, and maybe encourage them to play in the shade. It’s also a good idea to make sure that they have a sunhat readily available, and if they are swimming – then they should be wearing waterproof sunblock of at least factor 15.
Make Sure they Keep Active
It’s easy for kids to laze about during the summer holidays and enjoy lots of screen time – but it’s essential that you get them out and about for some exercise. There’s no need for this to be dull and boring, you could go out on forest trails, go hiking or cycling. There are lots of fun options available to you. Trampolining is also something that’s lots of fun and has many health benefits.
Create Good Sleeping Habits
When children are off school, no doubt one of the first things they will want to stay up a little bit later than usual. It’s vital that even if you are a little bit more relaxed that you still promote good sleeping habits. Otherwise, you can expect some irritability, slower reaction times, weight gain and it can also contribute to a weak immune system. A good nights’ sleep is essential to make sure your children can function adequately.
Keep the Mind Active
You need to remember that when the kids are off school, there’s an extended period when they aren’t being educated, and their young minds aren’t being suitably stimulated. As such, it’s a good idea to make sure you have some activities that will keep them thinking. There are lots of fun things you can do so it doesn’t seem like work such as planning a day around your child’s hobbies, or by getting some new books specifically for holidays. If there is some screen time involved, then there are lots of educational TV shows that kids can watch too.
If you are worried about the summer holiday’s and what to do to keep the kids healthy – then hopefully this UK health tip summer article will have helped.