How to keep you and your little ones cool during the heat wave!

Across the UK, we’ve been having some incredibly warm weather over the past few days, so much so, today could potentially be the hottest day ever recorded in the country! 

As much as it’s lovely to be able to enjoy the summer with barbecues, ice cold drinks in the garden and lovely walks during the golden hour, it comes as no surprise that these record-breaking conditions aren’t pleasant for everybody! With UK homes and workplaces not equipped for the staggering temperatures, it’s so important to do all you can to keep yourself and your family cool during the hottest hours of the day. 

Dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are the main concerns during heatwaves, and they can easily be prevented by taking precautions to stay out of the sunshine as much as possible. Babies, young children and the elderly are also most at risk people during heatwaves, so making sure to stay in touch and help out family members, and of course keeping your little ones safe and out of the sun is paramount, particularly with it being the summer holidays!

Being prepared is key during these hot weather spells. If you’re heading out for the day, be sure to pack plenty of water, sun cream and hats for you and your little ones, as walking or sitting in this sort of stifling heat can be a sure-fire way to overheat. If you’re out all day, make sure to try and stay out of the sun at the hottest part of the day, so around midday, as this is when the sun can have the potential to cause more damage to your skin. 

Keeping hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heat related illnesses, as the heat will cause excess sweat, so your body will need to have this fluid replaced. The NHS recommend steering clear of fruit juices as, although they do count towards your daily fluid intake, they are high in sugar, so it’s best to try diet or no added sugar varieties, as opposed to the full fat versions, but water will always be the number one choice!

Wearing suitable clothing is also vital during these hot spells, particularly for your little ones. Lightweight cotton options are the best way to go, as they can keep you cool, whilst also providing a valuable covering to prevent sunburn. Here at Love Leggings, we offer a range of adult and children’s cropped cotton leggings, perfect for the warmer weather, in a wide range of sizes and colours to add some brightness to the summer wardrobe, whilst also staying safe from the sun’s rays. Hats and caps are also a really important accessory to keep safe during the peak summer hours, and choosing a wide-brimmed option is great in reducing sun exposure to the face, neck, eyes and head. 

Of course, making sure to apply sun cream, and continue to reapply during the day, is also an important step if setting out for a day outside, and even if you are inside and near a window, there is no guarantee of being protected against the sun’s rays. Glass filters out only UVB rays, so the stronger UVA rays can still break through glass, so even if you’re inside all day at work, if you are near a window, it’s important to apply sun cream regularly.

If you love heading out for a run or for a tough gym workout, the NHS also recommend being aware of the dangers of pushing yourself too hard during a workout session in intense heat. Of course, you can still enjoy working out in the summer months, but it’s a case of avoiding extreme exercise, as this could be very dangerous. If you do a strenuous sport regularly, then make sure to take part at the cooler parts of the day, so in the early morning or later at night. Children should also not take part in vigorous physical training over 30 degrees Celsius.

You may think staying indoors is also the best option during the summer, but it’s recommended that you make a conscious decision as to whether you feel cooler inside or outside. In the UK, 1 in 5 homes are said to be at risk of overheating, due to us not being used to such high temperatures, so it’s important to note that staying inside isn’t always the best option. If inside is your best bet, make sure to move around your house or apartment to try and stay out of the sun and get some shade.

We’d love to know how you’re spending these sunny days, so please let us know! Be sure to stay safe in the sun, and check out the NHS website for information on keeping cool in the heat wave here.

 

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