It’s just about summertime again. That means the kids are out of school and ready to run! The job of a parent is to do everything possible to keep your child safe during these summer months.
What can you, as a parent, do to help keep your child safe this summer? This article will share tips and information on how to do just that.
Sunscreen is essential to keeping your child safe while outside during the summer. An SPF of 30 or higher is recommended for children. It is essential to apply sunscreen to your child around 30 minutes before heading outside.
Sunscreen will protect your child from the sun’s harmful rays, thus shielding your child from a possible future of skin cancer. If you are worried that the sunscreen you are applying isn’t being spread to reach every part of the child’s exposed skin, purchase the sunscreen that is colored.
This way you can see where the sunscreen is applied as you go. It is important to remember to apply liberally over face, ears, and the front and back of the neck. These areas are often forgotten. No one wants to see their child with a blistering sunburn, or subject their child to a possible future of skin cancer.
Applying sunscreen can help to keep your child safe from these things. Please remember, if your child is swimming, apply a sunscreen that won’t come off in the water. Reapply sunscreen every three hours to ensure the best possible protection for your child.
Safety When Swimming
If you are the parent of an infant or a toddler who isn’t potty trained. It is recommended that you have your child wear a swim diaper when swimming in a public pool.
A regular diaper will not absorb as well as a swim diaper, and potentially harmful e-coli bacteria could be released into the pool, causing illness in your child or others.
If your child does not know how to swim, please ensure your child’s safety by always being within arms reach of him or her. Better yet, make sure your child wears a life jacket. Children have been known to drown even when an adult is present.
If you are boating with your child, then a life jacket is a necessity, no arguments allowed. Using arm floaties, or a swimsuit with a built-in flotation device is not enough to keep a child afloat. Life jackets are the best way to keep your child safe while swimming.
Your children will be outside playing, if allowed, from dawn until dusk. Besides always wearing sunscreen, he or she will need an insect repellent.
The proper insect repellent can help your child to avoid these types of itchy bites, and to help protect your child from a disease-carrying insect. Insect repellents with DEET are the best type of repellent to use with children. Deet is typically safe if the product has less than a 10-30 percent DEET in it.
If a parent is nervous about applying DEET to their child’s skin, they may apply it to the clothing on the child rather than the skin directly. Deet isn’t safe in an infant under two months in age.
Keeping Cool in the Heat
If your child must be outdoors in extreme heat, please remember these tips to help keep your child safe, and hopefully, free from heat-related illnesses. First, intense activities should be limited to 15 minutes, if possible.
Make sure that before embarking on any prolonged activities outside, your child is well hydrated. During the child’s stay outside, make sure your child is taking drink breaks every 20 minutes.
Try having your child drink anywhere from 5-10 ounces of water or a sports drink, even if he or she does not feel thirsty.
Children ride bikes more in the summer than during any other season. Therefore, your child must follow some basic bike safety rules.
First, always wear a properly fitted helmet. It doesn’t matter if your child is just riding his or her bike down your driveway, he or she needs a helmet every single time they get on a bike. Helmets help protect children’s fragile brains from falls off bikes.
It only takes one fall without a helmet to lead to possible brain trauma for your child. Why risk it?
Another important safety issue during bike season is teaching children safe places to ride: how to ride safely in the street, sidewalk, and even the driveway of your home.
Remind your child if he or she is old enough to ride in traffic, that when riding your bike, you always go the direction the traffic is going. Many of these tips are common knowledge to children, but it never hurts to remind them, and it never hurts to start teaching them to even the youngest biker.
Summer is a fun time for most children. There is no school, no homework, and no getting up early. Summer should be a great time for all children to enjoy the outdoors, play with his or her friends, go swimming, and go bike riding. Remembering these basic summer safety tips can help keep your child from the unfortunate sunburn, pesky bug bites, and perhaps even save his or her life.