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Today is a hot and sunny day in my hometown, so I thought I would share some great advice about "Keeping it Cool" on a hot day like today.
BE SUNSMART AND KEEP COOL
Our Aussie climate has a really harsh sun. So make sure you protect yourselves from those harmful UV rays.
Don't forget to slather on some Zinc to exposed body parts (especially babies and bigger kids) to block out the sun and regularly reapply sunscreen to screen out sun ray exposure, wear a t-shirt or a rashie vest, stay out of the sun as much as you can while the sun is so bright during the daytime. If you are a new parent - now is the time to think about getting yourself a beach tent or a massive umbrella to protect your family when out in the sun at the beach. And don't forget, always watch you kids and each-other around water, because it doesn't take much to drown. I consider myself a good swimmer and I have nearly drowned after I got caught in a rip tide, and I can tell you it is an absolutely frightening experience!
Babies under the age of 6 months who are being breastfed/formula fed don't necessarily need extra water during hot weather. It is really important not to add extra water to infant formula and there is no need to add extra water to breastmilk either. Why? Because offering more frequent feeds is the key to ensuring baby is well hydrated - did you know that your breastmilk is about 88% water anyway and infant formula is made exactly as it should be for your baby's age - with the right balance of water, protein, carbohydrates and fats that babies need? So if baby is fussing in hot weather and feeding more frequently for shorter periods than usual it is more likely to be that they are thirsty and uncomfortable. You can make also keep babies comfy by hopping into a cool shower or bath with them and just "hang out" for fun! With older children (school age or so), why not let them have a run through the sprinkler under the hose while you water your Garden. For some healthy cool food ideas for kids, try popsicles made out of diluted juice. All you need to do, is put your juice in a disposable cup lined with glad wrap, and when no longer liquid consistency, put the pop stick in the centre till completely frozen and your popsicle will take the shape of the cup and come out easily as it was lined with glad wrap!
This post just has a few ideas, I am sure there are way more! If you have any healthy tips for keeping cool - please share by commenting!