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Fun in the Sun

 

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Avoid sunburns, heat exhaustion, and heat-related illnesses that are caused when your bdy’s temperature control system is overwhelmed. Young children and infants are more at risk, but any healthy person can get sick from the heat if they participate in arduous physical activities. Protect your family from the sun rays when spending time outside. Don’t forget to read up about heat illnesses and safety tips provided by the Government of Canada. Stay cool by following these guidelines:

  • Avoid being constantly exposed to the sun between 11a.m. and 4p.m;
  • Keep infants under 6 months in the shade and dress them in a hat, sunglasses and clothing made with a tight weave since they shouldn’t be exposed to sunscreen;
  • For children older than 6 months, always apply sunscreen with the highest SPF;
  • Wear long sleeved and loose clothes with a hat;
  • Seek shade as much as possible, especially when outside for long periods of time;
  • Stay hydrated! Make sure children are taking breaks during playtime to drink lots of water.

 

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If you follow those guidelines, you’ll avoid any heat-related illnesses, which happen when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and young children are the most susceptible, but even older and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention.