With the weather starting to warm up in Australia, we thought we would share some tips on how to keep cool. Sensory children can be known to have heat intolerance so keeping them at the right body temperature is crucial.
The term heat intolerance is used to describe the “feeling of being overheated when the temperature around you rises.” One of the signs of heat intolerance is excessive sweating, although it can also come with feelings of lethargy, headaches, dizziness and nausea.
1. Keep your house temperature constant, as much as possible. If you have central air-conditioning try to set it at one temperature and leave it there. For houses without air conditioning use fans to help cool down the house. A good tip on a really hot day is to put a bottle of frozen water in front of your fan.
2. Keep a water mister spray bottle in each room. If your child is feeling overheated, misting their skin with water might help them cope better with the warmer temperatures.
3. Use a cooling vest when spending time outdoors. A cooling vest helps the body regulate temperature and will keep your child to feel cool without feeling wet or uncomfortable. You can buy one online here
4. Find “heat friendly” exercises. You don’t want your child sitting around all summer because it is too hot for any physical activity. Instead, look for heat friendly exercises, such as swimming. If your child does spend time outdoors or exercising, Try to do it early in the morning, before the heat of the day sets in.
5. Stay hydrated. Being overheated can make you dehydrated. Be sure your child stays hydrated during the day, drinking plenty of water, especially before and after exercising or being outdoors. Frozen popsicles and icy drinks can be substituted but shouldn’t be your child’s sole water intake.
6. Your child should wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light colour. Cotton clothing will keep them cooler than many synthetics.
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