Dress for the heat.Wear lightweight, light-colored cotton clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella. Long sleeves will protect from mosquito bites.
Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat.
Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Stay indoors when possible.
Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing the signals of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place. Remember, have fun, but stay cool!
Children should stay indoors during peek hours.
Eat home cooked food as much as possible. Avoid salads, sliced fruit, water , butter milk and other uncooked food when eating out.
Water can be supplemented or even substituted with coconut water and lime juice.
Children need about 1 1/2 times the water they normally consume to combact summer heat.
Apply sunscreen lotion while going out. [ SPF 20 ]. It also helps prevent skin darkening. Always carry an umbrella and wear sunglass.
Fresh fruit and salads made of melon, watermelon, and cucumbers are deliciously healthy and will keep children feeling fresh and cool.
Treat skin infection [ including bois and heat rashes ] with two baths a day and calamine lotion. Calamine works well on mosquito bites too.
Keep a medical kit at home.
Follow these mantras for a healthy summer season......