Adventures in Childcare

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Summer is here!

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And so is the heat.  Please remember several important things:

* Stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm as much as possible

* Use a non-toxic sunscreen designed specifically for children (commercial sunscreens contain all sorts of rubbish).  Try here: http://www.kiddiekix.co.za/shop.php?pid=137 and here:  http://www.greenlove.co.za/baby-sunscreen-spf-30-87ml-tube/

* Remember your car WILL get hot,so when possible have windows open, park in the shade or garage etc.

How long does it take for temperatures in a car to reach dangerous levels?

In direct sunlight in a closed car:
Outside temp 26C ~ rises to 38C in 5 mins
Outside temp 28C ~ rises to 45C in 8 mins
Outside temp 35C ~ rises to 71C in 20 mins

In direct sunlight in an open car:
Outside temp 26C ~ rises to 31C in 5 mins
Outside temp 28C ~ rises to 37C in 5 mins
Outside temp 35C ~ rises to 43C in 20 mins

In shaded area in closed car:
Outside temp 26C ~ rises to 31C in 5 mins
Outside temp 28C ~ rises to 37C in 8 mins
Outside temp 35C ~ rises to 43C in 20 mins

In shaded area in open car:
Outside temp 26C ~ rises to 27C in 5 mins
Outside temp 28C ~ rises to 31C in 8 mins
Outside temp 35C ~ rises to 40C in 20 mins

AND THE TEMP KEEPS ON RISING BY THE MINUTE!!!

Please don’t leave your children (or animals) in the car for unattended for any period of time. Not even for 5 mins!

* Keep hydrated – both you and the children.  Easy access to clean water for children over 6 months is your best option, you can also make your own ice-lollies from freshly squeezed fruit juices, home-made fruit puree etc  Remember that sugars and salts draw liquid out of the cells, not something you want, so stay away from sweets, chips. sugary drinks and so on!

* If a child in your care is dehydrated, off to the hospital you go, especially if the child is under 5 years old.

Home-made rehydrate solution (NOT a substitute for medical care) is 1 litre cooled boiled water, 6 level teaspoons sugar (30ml), half teaspoon (2.5ml) salt.  Use within 24 hours.

* Remember that surfaces can get hot – roads, paving, metal surfaces etc.  Take care of your child’s feet.

* HATS and sunglasses for everyone!!!

* Sun reflects off water(and shiny surfaces like glass) so take extra caution when around swimming pools and the sea.

* Take extra care as you spend more time around the pool.  Drowning doesn’t always look like drowning.  and 8 Quiet signs of drowning.

* Refresh your CPR.  Here is an online option, but it is NOT a substitute for hands-on, in-person training.

Have fun and take lots of photos of your summer fun to share with your charges parents 🙂

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Author: Sarah

I'm Sarah, married to an awesome man who also goes by the name 'Daddy' and mommy to a gorgeous little girl Skye. We're just a 'slightly crunchier than normal' family growing up gently together.

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