Keeping kids cool at summer day camps


When temperatures jump up into the 90s, water and sunscreen are on the top of the list of what kids need before heading out for camp.

Summer camps are usually all about fun, but when temperatures climb close to 100 degrees, it’s all about keeping kids safe.

Dale Brunner with the YMCA of greater Dayton says their camp serves 1,100 kids throughout the Miami Valley.

While outdoor activities are fun, when it gets hot, finding other means of engaging kids is key.

“We spend a lot of time doing more quiet games, instead of running around outside, even spend more time in our branches across Dayton and you know just depending on the kids, their age level, just making sure how much time they can swim,” said Brunner.

Dr. Rebecca Perry with South View Medical Center says heat related illnesses take on many forms including sun burns, heat exhaustion and fainting.

“Light colored clothing, light fitting clothing, taking frequent breaks, making sure you’re well hydrated specifically water have that accessible, seeking shade and frequent breaks while you’re outside should help to provide protection that you need,” said Perry.

Parents should also talk to their kids about some of the warning sign such as fast heart rates, nausea, headache and dizziness, so their kids can let someone know.

“If they are feeling a little tired because of the sun, it’s important to tell a counselor,” said Brunner.

Perry also said that kids and seniors are the most at risk for heat related illnesses.

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