With the start of summer break, children are excited for the outdoor activities that await. Make sure you’re ready for a summer full of enjoyable memories by preparing your family for a safe summer!
Sun damage and skin cancer can start developing in young children and continue through to adulthood. Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and has proper UVA and UVB protection. A good hat is always a good time—keep children’s faces out of the sun in order to further protect their youthful skin. Swim shirts and keeping skin covered with lights layers helps too!
BEAT THE HEAT
With sun often comes hot temperatures and humidity. While children love playing outside, it is important to monitor their hydration.
Protect your children from dehydration and heat stroke by keeping them close to shade. Interrupt their play time for a water break. One way to make sure your child is drinking enough fluids is to make sure that they continue to urinate at least every 4-6 hours. Allow breaks from the direct heat by being near a shaded area or a cool body of water.
To keep your mind at ease, enroll your children in swimming lessons at your local pool. If your child is using floatation devices, read the tagged warnings and make sure they are safe for their age group. Drowning is sadly one of the most common causes for pediatric injury and death. Check the water depth and make sure your children are ALWAYS supervised when around the pool.
Planning on a beach visit? Watch out for strong currents and riptides. Supervise your children in the ocean and be cautious while using floatation devices around strong waves.
Keep your family protected from mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs by using insect repellent. DEET is the main ingredient in many repellents that is most effective in protecting from both ticks and mosquitos. If your children are playing in tall grass or forested areas, be sure to use a DEET-containing repellent. Long pants with socks and long sleeved clothing are also a good idea. This time of year, DAILY tick checks are a must. Remember that deer ticks typically need to be attached for at least 24 hours to spread Lyme disease so being vigilant and getting them off as soon as possible is key.
Summer is a great time to enjoy the wonderful outdoors! Follow these tips to ensure your children have a safe and enjoyable summer break!