Keeping children safe on hot summer days

Published: Jul. 3, 2018 at 9:03 PM AKDT
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Keeping your child cool on hot days is a priority for many parents during the summer.

As we expect to see temperatures in the 80's this week, we wanted to give you some tips as you spend time outdoors.

The summer sun is great to play under, but can turn deadly in a matter of minutes.

"When that internal temperature in a child reaches 104 degrees, that's when internal organ damage starts to happen and at 107 degrees, that's when we can see death from heat," said Teresa Taylor, RN, Safe Kids Shawnee Co.

For local parents, the Resource Center for Parents and Children offer a variety of classes to help parents beat the heat.

"Keep your children in the shade, don't get exposed to the sunlight too often," said Scoot Welch, Executive Director - RCPC.

Having water on hand is also an easy way to make sure they don't overheat.

"The main message is drink plenty of water and we don't do that enough," said Welch

The RCPC advises parents to drink water with their children to encourage the behavior.

Keeping a close eye on your child could save them from the often harmful heat of the sun.

The Resource Center for Parents and Children also urges parents to stay away from sugary drinks like soda.

Instead try flavoring your water with fruit or cucumber.