Child care can be a challenge even in the best of times. However, when the weather turns hot and humid, it may limit what a caregiver can do to keep a child entertained. What are some ways to make sure any little one under your supervision has a good time until its time for him or her to go home?
Make Sure to Find Shady Areas If Playing Outside
If you have small children playing outside on a hot day, make sure that they have access to shade whenever they need it. It may also be a good idea to limit how much they are allowed to exert themselves when they are in open areas that may be directly under the sun’s rays. Although shaded areas may be cooler or darker than surrounding outdoor spaces, make sure to provide sunscreen and plenty of fluids for the kids and for yourself.
Bring the Kids Inside Frequently
During extremely hot and humid days, it only takes a few minutes for a child to succumb to the effects of heat stroke. Therefore, limit how long the children are allowed to play outside. If you run a daycare, it may be worthwhile to have a policy that keeps children inside when the actual temperature or the temperature it feels like when humidity is factored in goes above a certain number.
Ensure Proper Ventilation While Inside
Running a fan while indoors with no windows or doors open can actually make a room warmer. This is because the fan is just circulating hot and humid air around without taking any of the moisture away like an air conditioner would. This means that you need to open a window or door and allow the fan to replace air inside the room with outside air, which should help to reduce humidity and temperature.
Stay By the Pool If Necessary
If you don’t have access to air conditioning or any other way to keep temperatures cool indoors during the day, it may be a good idea to head to the pool. The cold water will keep a child’s internal temperature within a normal range. The children will also enjoy spending the day sliding, diving or just splashing around. Alternatives to a day at the pool include spraying them with a hose or setting up a sprinkler that they can run through during the hottest part of the day.
The safety of any child you are looking after should be your top priority. This means ensuring that he or she has access to water, shade and cool indoor areas to occupy when the weather outside gets too hot for that child to tolerate. The Wee Watch Licensed Home Child Care website has more relevant information and resources available on their website.