Tips for Keeping your Child Safe in the Summer Heat

summer heat safety

We have been really enjoying the summer so far and both of our boys have been spending a lot of time playing outdoors. During the heat wave here in Vancouver it was too hot to be indoors and we tried to spend as much time in the backyard playing with water and in the splash pool. We also headed to the library, the mall and other places with AC to take breaks from the heat.


  • Keeping little ones safe in the summer heat and knowing that they are very susceptible to the heat is important to remember. Watch out for the signs of heat stroke and if  they present any of them be sure to move them to a cool place and give them a drink right away.

Watch out for:

  • Flushed Skin
  • Sleepiness or Temper Tantrums
  • Extreme Thirst
  • Dizziness and Fainting
  • Rapid Breathing and Heartbeat
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Keep children hydrated by offering water before, during and after being outside in the heat, even if they are not thirsty!
  • Ensure that your child is wearing loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing when playing outside. Wearing a hat helps protect their face and neck and stay a bit cooler.
  • Apply sunscreen to protect their skin 15-30 minutes before going outside and re-apply as needed.
  • Limit outdoor play during peak heat times (11am-3pm)
  • During extreme heat schedule fun activities to do indoors at places with AC like malls, science centres, community centres, library, stores, etc.
  • Take advantage of pools, splash pools and water-parks to cool down.
  • Never leave your child inside a car alone, it doesn’t matter how little time.
  • If you are staying inside and your child is sweaty or uncomfortable give him a nice refreshing bath. We use Kandoo BrightFoam Body-wash because it is colourful and fun and it’s super moisturizing. Perfect for my toddler’s bath before bedtime.

body wash

More tips for protecting your baby from the sun HERE.

How do you keep your little one cool during the summer heat? Share your tips below!

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

16 responses to “Tips for Keeping your Child Safe in the Summer Heat”

  1. Good tips, hydration is so important as little ones become dehydrated very quickly.

  2. These are wonderful tips. I make sure my kids drink plenty of water. They also like fruit infused water.

  3. Great tips! Keeping hydrated and sun protection are so important but so are the rest of your tips as well.

  4. Wonderful tips! Its been so hot and dry around here (in Victoria)! Protecting my grandkids from the heat and sun has been a priority this year!

  5. Great tips! My children are so fair they always needed a hat even in the shade 🙂 I am shocked how many parents leave kids in the car though

  6. We’ve been hiding out inside a lot during the middle of the day in these heat waves. I don’t like heat myself so it’s easy to stay inside. I should apply sunscreen more often, though; that’s one I often forget when we’re out and the girls get busy playing. Thanks for sharing these tips! Always good to have reminders.

  7. this is such an important post for this time of year when it’s getting SO hot. Dehydration and heat stoke are very real and very dangerous things for children !

  8. Great tips thanks for sharing , it always a good thing to bring lots of water and keep them hydrated 🙂

  9. Dehydration and heat stroke are very real and very dangerous things for children but I dont think we need worry about that this year in Western Newfoundland yesterday it was like 11 and today not much better

  10. Thanks for the tips!! I am always so scared of the sun with the kiddies 🙁

  11. Excellent tips. This week is going to be extremely hot, so be careful everyone! We try out best to go on hikes in forest areas and always carry water with us.

  12. Awesome tips. We’re lucky to have a splash pad at the bottom of our street.

  13. These are some great tips–I am always over protective of my son and especially when I’m pregnant!

  14. Thanks for refreshing my memory about the symptoms of heat stroke!

  15. Thanks for the tips,little ones can become dehydrated very quickly.

  16. These are timely and sensible tips for making sure our children do not suffer or get ill from the summer’s heat. it is timely advice for parents, grandparents and all child minders. NEVER leave a small child alone in a car at any time

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