Summer lethargy in children has been increasing in recent years. One reason is that children nowadays spend the more time indoors in an air-conditioned environment which tends to disturb their autonomic nerves. Younger children’s bodies have a harder time controlling their internal temperature which causes them to use up their energy more quickly. In this article, we will introduce some ways to prevent lethargy in children.
The signs of Summer Lethargy
The main signs of summer lethargy are lack of appetite, an upset stomach, fever, sluggishness and frustration. If you child has less of an appetite than usual or is more lazy than usual during the summer, he/she may be showing signs of summer lethargy.
How to prevent Summer Lethargy in Children
Some reasons why children’s autonomic nerves are thrown off during the summer are the inability to control their body temperature in the summer heat, a lack of sleep and a lack of energy.
A lack of sleep is a main cause of physical exhaustion which often leads to summer lethargy.
In recent years, more and more children are going to bed later and not getting enough sleep every night.
It is recommended for children to get even more sleep during the summer.
It is often hard to get sleep in a very hot room. However, if the room is too cold, there is too large of a difference between one’s body temperature when one goes to bed and when one wakes up which can cause children’s autonomic nerves to be thrown off.
If your child wakes up with a lack of energy, you should be worried. It is important for parents to make use of timers to control the room temperature.
Also, if there is too big a difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature our autonomic nerves may be thrown off.
This will make it difficult to sweat which is important for controlling our body temperature.
When it is hot, children often want to drink cold juice and eat ice cream or snow cones. However, too many cold drinks and foods can lead to summer lethargy. When it is hot, we often lose our appetite but when we enjoy cold foods and drinks, we consume the Vitamin B1 in our bodies.
Vitamin B1 is an essential vitamin in preventing summer lethargy. It is therefore important that we do not eat too many sweets in the heat.
Also, drinking cold juices on a regular basis will cool down our internal organs and decrease our gastrointestinal functionality.
Eating a balanced diet helps us maintain our physical strength and helps prevent summer lethargy. It is important to eat Vitamin B1 and citric acid because they help prevent summer lethargy. Let’s encourage our children to eat lots of foods with Vitamin B, such as pork and citrus fruits.
Sweating and controlling our body temperature is important for preventing summer lethargy.
Children today spend more time in air-conditioned rooms which weakens their sweat glands. Research proves that the sweat glands develop between the age of 3 and 4 years old. So, it is important that parents allow their child to be in an environment where they sweat naturally on a regular basis.
Parents can prevent summer lethargy in children with a little support.
The summer heat plays an important role in the development of sweat glands so make use of this opportunity to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Also, children need to move their bodies every day so it is a good idea to also attend mommy and me classes where they can get exercise for the bodies and minds in an air-conditioned environment.
This will help them forget about their summer lethargy and have fun with their peers.