I dont know about you all but we will be seeing 100 degree heat this week (that is not including heat index) and so we have to find ways to beat the heat and at the same time make sure our children are not affected.
What I do is have my child play outside before 2 PM (between 2-6) is usually the hottest times and then after 6 since here it dont get dark until after 8. I also went and bought a cheap patio umbella and put on my deck (it dont have any protection from the sun) and place it out and make sure its close to the house and yet enough that if my child is out she will have shade. I also make sure my outdoor animal water is in a shaded area as well.. I keep water on hand for my child and myself so we can stay hydrated. I also have water toys so we can beat the heat with some water fun.
Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink.. Keep your ice water with you if you have to be out. SODA does NOT rehydrate you it only dehydrates you when you are in the heat and sweating, you have to replace water (sweat) with water. Also take a wet rag with you to wipe your face and neck to help keep your body core temp down. Wear a hat, and sunscreen for skin protection. If you should get out there and get sunburn simply place aloe on it or if you dont have aloe what I do is bath in milk (it soothes and makes your skin feel so much better) and I sleep on a white cotton sheet (not sure why white but it seems to draw out the burn).
How do you beat the heat?