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April 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 118

Spring has sprung, which means summer isn't far off and it's time to get the kiddies outfitted for the warm weather. Like the elderly, children under two years do not have the ability to regulate their body temperature. When a healthy adult gets too hot, their body's natural reaction is to cool down by sweating. Young children don't yet have the physical maturity to do that; so it is up to the caregiver to monitor the child's body temperature. There are many things on the market designed to assist parents and caregivers in keeping their children comfortable when it's hot. Let's take a look at a few of them.

Summertime often includes road trips to the cabin, a far off beach or a campsite. Even when there is air conditioning in the vehicle, it is important to keep children out of direct sunlight. The ambient temperature may be comfortably cool, but the penetrating rays of the sun shine through the glass and will cause sunburn. Be sure to install sun shades on the windows in the back seats where children will be sitting. They are designed to block ultraviolet rays while still providing a view to the outside. The shades are usually attached to the window via suction cups, making them easily removable during the winter months.

The three staples for anyone looking after a child under two during the summer are as follows: sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Before spring ends, check all those summer hats from last year to be sure they still fit. Toddlers' heads are still growing when they are under five, so unlike adults, they may need a larger hat every season. The same is true for sunglasses, check to make sure they don't squeeze the child's head. Take a look at your supply of sunscreen as well, as it does expire from year to year. Remember, for full effectiveness sunscreen must be applied a full fifteen minutes before going out in the sun, and every hour after that - especially with young children.

If you plan to spend a lot of time in the back yard or at the beach, it may be a good idea to invest in a sun dome for your baby or toddler. As previously stated, children under two should not be exposed to direct sunlight for any length of time. Their bodies cannot cool off on their own, and their delicate skin will burn in mere minutes. A sun dome can solve the problem of keeping a little one out of the sun, while still allowing the rest of the family to enjoy time outside. The dome is much like a small tent, but with one wall completely removed. The infant or toddler can sit in the cool shade of the sun dome, but not feel enclosed or restricted away from the rest of the family. Avoid using a traditional tent instead of a specially designed dome, as a tent will simply enclose the heat and become dangerously warm inside.

Summertime is a time of fun, freedom and enjoyment of the natural beauty the world has to offer. The kids love being out on the beach or at the park, but only if they are feeling good and are well protected from the sun. Get prepared early, so when the first day of summer arrives everyone can head out with no reservations!

Always Child Safe was formed to help provide products for parents and caregivers to keep babies, kids, adults, disabled and the elderly safe. For more information or to view our full catalog of baby safety products visit us online today!

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