With summer quickly approaching, it is important for parents to be aware of some of the most common summer safety tips. By practicing a few simple safety rules, you can ensure you children have a safe and happy summer.
Never leave children alone in or near a pool. Young children should wear a life jacket when at the pool, beach, or near another body of water. Drowning can occur in less than an inch of water. It is also a good idea to sign your children up for swimming lessons. According to WebMD’s article titled, New Guidelines on Kids’ Drowning Prevention, a new policy has recently been issued by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stating that children as young as one year old might benefit from swimming lessons, depending upon how much and how often they are exposed to water.
Protect your children from sunburn, which is painful and can also lead to skin cancer. They can avoid sun exposure by playing in shaded areas, wearing white clothing to reflect the sun’s rays, applying sunscreen frequently, even on cloudy days, and wearing sunglasses to protect their eyes.
Sunscreen protects your child’s sensitive skin by reflecting and diffusing the sun’s rays. All sunscreens are labeled with a SPF number, and the higher the SPF number, the more protection the it provides. For young children, it is recommended that a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater be applied at least thirty minutes before going outside into the sunlight. Click here for more information about sunscreen and sun exposure by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Staying hydrated is also very important – especially on hot, sunny days. The human body needs an adequate amount of water in order to function properly. On hot days, your body requires more fluids so that you don’t become dehydrated. Most health care professionals recommend that you drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
Children should wear helmets and protective padding when riding bikes, scooters, or skateboards. Parents should not push their children to learn to ride a two-wheeled bicycle until they are ready. For most children this is around age five or six.
Children should be supervised by an adult at all times when they are playing at a neighborhood park or riding their bikes through the community. Be cautious, talk to your children about “stranger danger”, and make sure they know their address and phone numbers.
It’s also a good idea to bring along a first aid kit when taking children on an outing. Band Aids, Neosporin, tweezers (for splinters), children’s Tylenol, tissues, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer are a few items that would be good to have on hand.
For more information on Summer Safety Tips by the American Academy of Pediatrics, you can visit their website.
Lindsay Williams is a New Breed Mama of two active seven year old boys. She is a Licensed Social Worker who’s career centers around children and families. Lindsay is also the Columbus, Ohio Family Examiner.