WALES: Keep Cool and Comfortable as Temperatures Continue to Rise; Region Health Warning as Temperatures Soar to Outstrip the Mediterranean Holiday Hotspots

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WALES: Keep Cool and Comfortable as Temperatures Continue to Rise; Region Health Warning as Temperatures Soar to Outstrip the Mediterranean Holiday Hotspots


LAST night Wales chief medical officer Dr Tony Jewell suggested top tips to keep children safe in the sun.

Keep out of the heat and plan the day so youngsters are indoors from 11am to 3pm. If they must go out, stay in the shade.

Wear sensible clothing, a hat and light, loose fitting-clothes, preferably cotton, will help cover young, sensitive skin.

Use high factor sun cream as young skin can burn very easily. Go for a total sun block or factor 20+ lotion before going in the sun. Keep babies out of the sun completely.

Stay in the coolest rooms of house and keep curtains drawn in nurseries and children's bedrooms all day. Increasing ventilation can make the room more comfortable at night.

Drink plenty of fluids, even if not thirsty, but many fizzy drinks are full of sugar and caffeine which make dehydration worse. Water and diluted fruit juice are best.

Snack on fruit and vegetables. Fresh salads and fruit have a high water content. Try chilled slices of melon, carrot or cucumber sticks or grapes which are easy for children to pick at.

Take cool showers or baths, which will help young bodies cool quickly. …

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