Tips to help keep children cool in the heat

Cheryl Coetzer and some of the children, Mmabontle Mahlangu and Mikhenso Shirindza.

POLOKWANE – It is especially important for the elderly and children to stay well-hydrated by drinking lots of water, applying generous amounts of sunblock and keeping in shade as much as possible.

Review spoke to the Principal of Magic Castle Pre-school in Flora Park, Cheryl Coetzer, to find out how parents and teachers can help keep children cool in the heat.

Cheryl Coetzer.

She explained children under the age of 10 years find it especially difficult to cope with hot temperatures resulting in them becoming easily irritated and uncomfortable.

“I have extensive experience working with young children and it is best to keep them well-hydrated by encouraging them to drink water whenever it is hot instead of cold drinks which are less healthy for them,” she said.

Tips for staying cool and protected in hot weather:

  • Parents must get in the habit of applying sunblock on their children before they leave the house in the morning for school. “They can also put the sunblock in their children’s back pack so it can be reapplied at school throughout the day.”
  • Parents need to ensure they pack healthy snacks for kids such as fresh fruit, yoghurt or fruit juice. They must also drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • It is also advisable, Cheryl added, if parents dress their children in clothes which are as light and as breathable as possible to avoid children from becoming overheated.

“These tips should help any teacher to have productive and calm days whenever it is hot,” she concluded.

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