Summer is here! Can you feel it? We sure can! It’s getting hot everywhere and people are planning their beach getaways. At home, my little girlie keeps asking for bowls of ice cubes and more melon balls. Young kids can be very cranky and easily dehydrated if it’s really hot. Well, with the temperatures rising, it might be tempting to crank up the air conditioning just to keep our kids cool. If only this won’t send our electricity bills through the roof. I know, so much for wishful thinking. We all want to save money.
Luckily, there are some cheap alternative ways to keep your cool, I mean your kids cool, in the sweltering summer heat.
Let them wear light colored, breathable clothes.
Dark and silky fabric can absorb a lot of heat so it’s better to let your kids wear white or light colored cotton clothes.
Go to public places with air conditioning or to parks with lots of trees.
This is a good reason to linger in malls, watch a movie or visit the public library. There are also a number of parks in the metro that have free or minimum entrance fees.
Serve your kids ice pops, ice candy and tropical fruits.
I make my daughter coconut water and prune juice ice pops from time to time. We also take advantage of fruits in season that have a lot of water like melon, cucumber, watermelon, pineapple and pears.
Bring insulated water bottles with cold water everywhere.
Insulated water bottles may be a bit pricy but they’re a good investment in the long run. Bottled water is in demand and expensive during summer so it’s better to get insulated ones and fill them up with cold water when you go out with the kids.
Block out some sunlight.
Streaming sunlight can add to the heat in your home so closing the blinds or curtains during the day can help keep things cool inside.
Cool down pulse points.
Apply some ice packs, cold compress or cold water on your kids’ pulse points ( temple, around neck, inner wrist and back of knees). Make sure though that they’re not too cold or you might burn their skin. I guess it’s similar measures to bring down a fever.
By this I mean get some house plants. They can help keep your home naturally cool your home through transpiration. Good examples are aloe vera, snake plant, fern and weeping wig. Besides dropping the temperature, these plants can also improve air quality.
Work up a chilly breeze with a bowlful of ice.
I found a great trick that maybe a lifesaver. You just need to place a mixing bowl with lots of ice in front of a fan! Make sure to tilt it a bit so that the fan blows cool air from the ice.
Make your own face sprays.
Get a small spray bottle, fill it up with water and place it in the refrigerator for the few hours. When it’s hot, just spray some on their cute little faces to make them feel refreshed.
But sometimes, even with our best care, young children can experience heat exhaustion so we need to know the signs and symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
• Faintness or dizziness
• Nausea or vomiting
• Heavy sweating often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
• Weak, rapid pulse
• Pale or flushed face
• Muscle cramps
• Weakness or fatigue
How about you, do you know inexpensive ways to keep cool? Hope we all keep cool and safe this summer!
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Ang galing ng Mga tips. Gusto ko lahat e try ito. Pero sa baby ko para naman mas fresh ang pakiramdam niya tuwing summer pasoot ko siya ng Mga comfortable clothes at may partner fruitshake of course Hindi mawawala ang watermelon favorite kasi namin ito watery kasi. Kaya love ng family ko.
Once again salamat din sa Mga tips.
Mabuhay po kayo mommy madZ stay pretty po. #xoxo
I have a 3 year old daughter na sobrang likot at mabilis pagpawisan, lalo na ngayong summer na naman..kaya twice a day ko sya paliguan to make her cool and fresh… After lunch nagbleblender kmi ng fruits.. Lots of ice and milk..mahilig din sya sa popsicle..kaya gumagawa din ako ng home made popsicle na gawa sa fruits..lage ko din sya pinapalitan ng comfortable na damit para di matuyuan ng pawis.. 😉
Thanks for the tips,it can gives me another good idea.
Ako ang ginagawa ko po, bukod sa inom lagi ng tubig, naghahanda ako ng prutas na makakatas kasi nakakatulong yun macool down ang katawan at syempre para di madehydrate. Madalas din kami nasa labas ng bahay kasi mahangin madaming puno sa labas.
Thanks for sharing some of your helpful tips. Kami madalas kumain ng malalamig na foods, inom ng cold water and eat ng watermelon. Tapos swimming din dito sa backyard. Kinaganda lang din dito samin mapuno kaya maaliwalas.