Beat the heat: 8 science-based hacks to keep kids cool

Throw some cold water on the usual hot-weather rules. These tips inject a little fun into those sweat-filled days—and still keep children safe outside.

Summertime for kids means sweat, sticky skin, and strange wet spots on your kids’ clothes. You might prefer to avoid that sun-induced drip, but leaving that all behind means leaving all the summertime fun behind—a truly unacceptable way to experience the season.

Still, things are getting hot around here—here being the entire planet. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the last 10 years have been the hottest decade in 125,000 years. And that’s affecting the weather we experience. As temperatures around the globe continue to rise, the Environmental Protection Agency notes that heat waves have become much more intense in both frequency and heat indexes when compared to the 1960s.

That means hotter summers for children. And though getting kids outside is important for their physical, mental, and emotional development, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises caretakers to keep an eye on the heat index, or combination of temperature and humidity. The organization recommends that as it becomes 90 degrees or higher, parents should progressively limit time outside.

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