For kids across Texas, summer means the playground equipment is too hot to touch for most of the day, and a heat index of 110° F means it’s not healthy or safe for kids to be outside in general. But since kids AND parents want to enjoy the sunshine and the days out of school, here are some helpful tips for keeping your kids cool – and you calm and collected – during the hot Texas weather.
1) In the Car
It is undeniably awful to get back into your hot sticky car after leaving the cool beautiful temperatures provided by air conditioning. While you can always cool down the car before leaving the house, it’s not so simple when you are running errands, and the temperature can easily be 20 to 30 degrees hotter in a car than it is outside.
There are a few obvious tips to keep your car cool:
- Park in a shaded parking space;
- Buy a sunshade for your windshield; and
- Park pointed towards the Sun, so the rays are deflected for maximum efficiency.
Ultimately, keeping the carseat cool is the key to keeping your kid happy in the car over the summer. We recommend the following:
- Use a sunscreens built for car seats to prevent direct sunlight from hitting the seat and prevent the metal buckles from heating up.
- Purchase cool packs designed to sit inside a car seat (while there is no child in it, I might add), so your child will be greeted by a cool surface when you return to the car.
- Have your car’s air conditioning serviced at the beginning of every summer for optimum performance when you need it most.
- Invest in high-quality thermal drink containers. A nice cool drink goes a long way to offset the stuffy heat that greets you when you open the car door.
2) In the Pool
Speaking of cool liquids, a pool is a perfect place to stay cool during the scorching hot Texas weather. If you use a small “kiddie” pool filled by a garden hose, understand that the “standing” water left inside the hose can reach scalding temperatures over 100° F very easily. Always run the hose away from the pool, children, and pets until the water cools.
After filing the pool, turn the water off at the faucet, empty the hose of any remaining water, and then roll it up to prevent someone from being burned by an impromptu water fight.
3) In the Sun
This one is pretty simple in theory, but difficult in execution: Regularly Apply Sunscreen! Even the best sunscreen won’t stay effective all day, and this is especially true if you’re playing in the water. You should actually re-apply more sunscreen after every 30 minutes of water play.
Yes, the kids will moan at you constantly fussing over them and reapplying it, but it needs to be done – because the groans and moans will be worse when they battle a sunburn later.
4) In General
Let’s face it – summer is the great for families, especially here in Texas when there is so much to do. But you must always be realistic with your plans when children are involved, and there really is no such thing as over-preparing for a trip out in the heat.
- Always have plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen.
- Be on the lookout for signs of dehydration and heat stroke.
- Never hesitate to change your plans and head home early if the kids are hot and bothered by the hot Texas weather!
Stay safe out there!