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Keeping Your Kids Safe from the Sun

Kids love the outdoors. We can’t blame them; it is much enjoyable to play games outside rather than playing indoors where you can have a limited view and limited set of activities. Swimming is also one of the most favorite past time among children which makes them spend so many hours under the heat of the sun.

Staying too much under the sun can cause minor to serious problems to your child’s health. Your child can have sunburn, have dehydration, and much worse he can be prone to have skin cancer especially that your child’s skin is still very sensitive.

Although staying under the sun can give a lot health risks, you do not have to stop them from enjoying. There are a lot of ways in which you can protect your child from the harmful effects of the sun without preventing them from sun exposure. Here are some tips on how you can keep your kids safe from the sun:

  • Tell your child about the harmful effects that too much sun exposure can give to his body. In this way he will be cautious in his own little way. When you remind him that he is staying too much on the sun, he will understand because you have already explained the reasons beforehand.
  • Before going out either to play at your backyard or swim at the beach, make sure that you have applied sunscreen which contains at least SPF 30 thirty minutes before you. The higher the SPF, the better protection it gives the skin. It is best that your choice of sunscreen it waterproof so that its effect won’t be gone when in water.
  • As much as possible limit your child’s sun exposure especially during 10 AM to 4 PM wherein the sun’s rays are most harmful to the skin. If your child insists that he still wants to play or swim, tell him that he can go back after resting under the shade. In this way the body has time to cool down and be away from the heat of the sun.
  • Keep your child hydrated. Make sure that you have ready drinks for your child to drink. Dehydration is very common when it is very hot so it should be prevented. You should also be mindful for the signs of dehydration like headaches, excessive thirst, too much sweating, and weakness.
  • Make sure that you are there to watch over your child while he is outside. At least you can tell him that he is staying too much on the sun and you can respond quickly if ever emergency happens. Close guarding your child doesn’t mean being too close, you can just watch from a distance without him getting intimidated.

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Preventing Dehydration in Children

The children’s immune system is still very weak that is why bacteria and viruses can invade their young bodies and cause them to have diseases. Their bodies’ defenses are still developing that is why they are so much prone to get sick from time to time. Often children are susceptible to have diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.

The conditions mentioned above are easy to manage but sometimes it can lead to complications especially when parents fail to see the doctor for immediate medical attention. One of the most common complications that those diseases lead to is dehydration. Dehydration is defined as insufficient amount of fluids inside the body. Aside from diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, children can be dehydrated too when they are exposed under the heat of the sun for long hours without drinking water.

As parents it is very important for you to be watchful for the signs of dehydration. It is highly fatal and when left unmanaged, it can lead to death. Signs of dehydration include excessive thirst, dry mucous membranes, crying with no tears, sunken eyes, dizziness, and the child did not urinate for the last ten twelve hours. When these symptoms are present in your child, make sure that you see your healthcare provider the soonest time before things get worst.

Just like on any condition, prevention will always be better than cure and that goes the same with dehydration. When your child has fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and been exposed to the extreme heat of the sun, here are some of the ways on how to prevent dehydration:

  • When your child loves to play outdoors, arrange the time on when he is going out. The sun is most harmful at 10 am to 4 pm so it would be best to have him exposed to the sun earlier or later than those times.
  • When outdoors, always have energy drinks for your child to drink. Energy drinks contain electrolytes that can replace what was lost on your child’s body because of sweating. If you do not have energy drinks, regular water will do.
  • When your child is sick, make sure that you continuously hydrate your child especially when fever, diarrhea, and vomiting are present. You can let him drink oral hydration solutions or drink soups to prevent dehydration.
  • When your child is not able to drink due to extreme vomiting, offer ice chips for him to chew. This will help replace all the fluids lost because of vomiting.

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Natural Ways to Treat Common Headache in Children

Just like cough and colds, it is quite common for children to have headaches. They can tell you that they have slight discomforts on their head from time to time without any concrete cause. Normally, children will complain of having headaches because they watched too much television, got hooked on their favorite video games for quite some time, and got exposed to either too much heat or cold.

Although most headaches in children are not that serious, still it is a must for parents to do something about it because it can give a lot of discomforts to the child. Yes, there are a lot of pain medications that are available, but these medicines may be too harsh for your child to handle leading to harmful side effects. The best way to treat the common headache in children is by using natural methods. At least you will have the peace of mind that your child will not be suffering from the harmful adverse effects that most pain medications do to children.

The following are natural ways on how to treat common headache in children:

  • Let your child rest. As soon as your child complains that he is having headache, let him stop from what he was doing. Usually, they have headache when they are too much preoccupied on the things that they are currently hooked into like playing video games. After having rested, the headache will usually subside.
  • Offer something to drink. Warm milk when the weather is too cold and cold juices when the weather is very hot. Dehydration can also lead to having headaches so it is always best to keep your child hydrated at all times.
  • Place a cold compress on your child’s forehead. This will help lessen the discomfort that your child is feeling.
  • Minimize light and noise. Too much light and noise can trigger headaches. So when your child is having a headache, see to it that he stays in a room that is dim and peaceful.
  • Gently massage your child’s temples, nape, and neck. This will help relieve headaches.
  • Be physically present, children are still very clingy and most often they need you to be there. Knowing that you are there, they can feel less stressed and worried so they can recuperate well.

Although most headaches in children are not serious, just make sure that you send them to the hospital the soonest time possible when the headache is accompanied by difficulty of breathing, panicking, change in skin color, vomiting, and loss of consciousness. These indicators may signal that your child is having a serious condition other than the common headache.

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Excessive Thirst in Children

Children are very active individuals and it seems like play is the number one word in their dictionaries. From the moment they are awake until the time that they retire at night; their minds will wander on what activities to enjoy again. Play will always be part of their childhood and it is thru playing that great friendships are formed be it with their siblings or other people from the neighborhood.

When our children play especially during a hot summer’s day, it is normal for our children to drink frequently than the usual. Drinking water and juices are good ways to replenish all that is lost during sweating from too much play. In fact parents would always tell their children to drink water so that they will not get dehydrated.

Parents would be happy if their children ask for water especially during playtime. For us it means a good thing because the child follows what you have said and that it to drink water. But you should be mindful on how much water your child drinks and how excessive his thirsts are. There are certain diseases that affect children and one of its symptoms is frequent need for liquids.

Here are some of the conditions that are related in excessive thirst in children:


This is one of the most common reasons why a child exhibit too much thirsts. A child can be dehydrated when he is having bouts of watery stools, fever, and too much sweating from play. Your child can also be dehydrated when outdoors and exposed to too much heat of the sun. Aside from excessive thirst, your child may exhibit dry and pale lips, decreased urine output, and decreased level of consciousness when he is dehydrated. When this happens, make sure that you offer liquids to the child and get him to the nearest hospital for urgent medical attention.

Diabetes Insipidus

Diabetes Insipidus affects a child when his kidney is not able to hold on water because of the dysfunction of the Anti Diuretic Hormone. Those affected with the condition show symptoms like frequent urination and extreme thirsts.

Diabetes Mellitus

The condition happens when there are high blood sugar levels in the body. Although this rarely happens in children because it is more of an adult disease, but because there are many children who are obese right now making the incidence of children having diabetes mellitus higher as compared as before. Just like in adults, children who have diabetes mellitus exude symptoms like extreme hunger, frequent urination, and great thirstiness.

Juvenile Diabetes

This type of diabetes is diagnosed for children only. The disease happens when the body produces minimal or no insulin at all which in turn increases the blood sugar levels of the body. This is an auto immune disorder and the child needs to have insulin therapy all his life to have well functioning body organs. The condition is highly manageable as long as the parents follow strict compliance recommended by the doctor. Just like diabetes mellitus, juvenile diabetes patients are often hungry, urinate frequently, and display intense thirst most of the time.

Parents should be aware on what is normal and not on a child’s thirst. In this way you will be able to know what is normal and when to call a doctor for the child to be evaluated and treated.

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