Stay cool during summer fun

By Peter Klemin, MD May 12, 2017

Those hot and humid days are ahead. And while adventures and fun await, safety must come first. Summer heat affects each person in the family differently, with children and babies affected more quickly and drastically than adults. You and your family can beat the heat with a few helpful tips.

  • Drink six to eight glasses of fluids — water is best — per day.
  • Avoid foods and stimulants that raise the body temperatures, such as caffeine, nicotine and spicy foods.
  • Avoid peak afternoon heat and UV rays.
  • Minimize the time in hot temperatures to an hour or less.
  • Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen regularly to protect the skin.
  • Reapply sunscreen often, especially if in water or wiping the skin.
  • Wear sun-protection clothing and hats when outside.
  • Wear light layers to keep cool.
  • Rest frequently and take breaks to drink fluids.
  • Elevate your legs several times a day for 10 to 20 minutes to decrease leg swelling. Apply compression stockings when your legs swell in the heat, if the weather isn’t too hot for an additional layer.
  • Open windows when the nights are cool and have a fan in each bedroom if you do not have an air conditioner.