Summer is here and for a lot of us, that means hanging out at the beach. Here are a couple of tips to stay healthy while soaking in the sun with our kids:
1. Full sunshine is at least 10-15 degrees hotter than the air temperature that is always taken in the shade. The sun is hottest between 10 AM and 3 PM…and the more you can keep the kids out of the sun during those hours, the better. Stock up early on waterproof sunscreens, and make sure you have sunscreen for lips in your beach bag. Sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher (I’d go 50+ for the little ones) should be applied ½ hr before going to the beach, and at least twice more during your time in the sun. (don’t forget the feet!) Beach shoes are a must on that scorching sand.
2. Time goes by when you are having fun. What this means is that time could go by and you might not even realize that you have not drank anything during most of the day. Since you are in such a warm environment to begin with, it is important to make sure that you drink a good amount in order to keep your body hydrated. It is a good idea to bring a cooler with water bottles and juices for your children. Encouraging everyone to drink something every few hours is a main key to preventing dehydration while you are at the beach.