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Play It Safe
July 6, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

An ounce of prevention is all it takes to stay ahead of dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. Before you head out for a day of fun in sun, use these tips to keep your little ones refreshed all day long.

The Natural Choice
Choose water over sugary drinks, and avoid sodas. Try adding frozen berries or sliced apples if your little one doesn’t take to the plain stuff. Packing filled reusable bottles in insulated bags also ensures each sip is icy cold. And don’t forget to offer it often during active periods of play.

Take Cover
Be sure to take plenty of breaks, and when possible camp out under a shady tree or beach umbrella, especially between the hours of noon and 2:00pm when the sun’s rays are at its strongest.

Slather Up
Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you leave the house so it has time to take effect, and toss a bottle in your bag to reapply every 2 hours as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Try to avoid or limit sun exposure for babies under six months, when possible.

Fashion Sense
Loose, light clothing allows for proper ventilation and helps reflect light, keeping kids cooler when the temperatures are hot and balmy.

Smart Snacking
Fruits and vegetables are filled with lots of vitamins to keep your little one happy and healthy, so cut up some carrots or add chunks of watermelon to your cooler for a satisfying and sensible snack.

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