Keeping Your Kids Healthy in the Heat

My daughter enjoying the beach.

Much of the nation is in the relentless grip of an oppressive heat wave, with thermometers hovering at — or well above — 100 degrees.  But it’s the weekend!  But our kids are sick of staying inside!  There are only so many movies you can watch and malls at which you can loiter.

What’s a parent to do?

I spoke with Dr. Kimberly Barksdale of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen about that today, and she has some great ideas about letting your children play outside while playing it safe.  You can listen to our conversation here:

…So get out early or late and keep your kids sunscreened and hydrated.  Protect their feet.  Stay off metal playground equipment and hot sand and pavement (flip-flops help).  Check your children often for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and never…never, ever…leave your kids or pets alone in a car.

Thank you, Dr. Barksdale.

Have a great weekend!

-Bonnie Petrie

BTW…if you do plan to have your kids near water this weekend, please read my article on Drowning: A Silent Killer.



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