Summertime Sun Protection and Heat Safety!
It’s getting hot out there! So put on some more clothes! See what I did there? No? Well, Nelly probably wouldn’t be happy about me making puns with his throwback hit song anyway.
Today we are talking about sun protection and heat safety with children. St. Augustine had a beautiful spring this year. And by ‘spring’ I mean we didn’t go straight from a freeze to the dead of summer, but things have escalated quickly. We already saw 90 degree temps last week, and we’re barely into June!
With this summer sun, protection from the rays is a non-negotiable. At Island Prep, we take sun protection very seriously. Each campus has expansive sails that provide shade on the playgrounds. Parents are reminded to pack hats for the students and to apply children’s sunscreen before arrival at school. Older students can reapply sunscreen as the day goes on, but unfortunately, regulations prohibit the staff from applying sunscreen to the children. I know it’s one more step to add to the morning routine, but it is an important one.
Let’s stop right here and address the elephant in the room. Or the elephant at my house anyway, maybe your kids are not quite as dramatic as mine. My children despise sunscreen from the depths of their little souls. They flail. They wail. They squirm. They snap their heads around, resulting in me sticking a sunscreen-covered finger in their eye. Which, of course, results in even more flailing, wailing, and squirming. It’s a horror show all around. One of the best tips I can give you is to research and purchase a sunscreen your child can be excited about. I found the most glittery, sparkly, scented, PINK sunscreen and my daughter actually doesn’t mind being coated in it from head to toe. In fact, she asks me to put on more! And to reapply! Hashtag mom win! There are some really fun sunblocks on the market these days, including the old school colored zinc that I used to paint all over myself as a child, so take a look around.
In addition to sunscreen, there are so many options for rash guards, sun shirts, leggings with sun protection, and more. The choices really are endless. These fabrics have come a long way from when we were kids, and offer protection from the sun while also being quick-drying. Sometimes it’s easier to get my girls to wear a rash guard instead of slathering sunscreen on their backs, plus giving them options usually helps them take ownership of the process and alleviates the power struggle.
Now that we have the sun protection down, let’s talk about heat safety. At Island Prep, the playgrounds have mister fans that provide some relief from the summer heat. The students have access to their water bottles at all times, and outside time is scheduled to avoid the hottest parts of the day. It is essential that children stay well hydrated during these summer months, and teachers keep a close eye on the students for signs of overheating.
How are you and your kiddos staying cool this summer? Yard sprinklers? Slip n slide? Pop over to @islandprep on Instagram and Facebook and tell us your ideas!
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