Summer’s here, and that means a great deal of free time for kids. As a parent, you want to make sure that you can do whatever you can to keep them safe while they have fun. Below are a few quick tips that will help you to keep your kids healthy all summer long.
Lack of hydration is a major issue, especially among children. Failing to keep your kids properly hydrated won’t just hurt their health – it could actually have deadly consequences. As such, it’s important to take some time and look at ways you can keep your children hydrated throughout the hottest months of the year.
The first, and most obvious, thing to do is to make sure that your children always have access to water. If your children are near home, make sure that they come in at least once an hour to get something to drink. If they’re going to be outside of an extended period of time, make sure that they take a water bottle.
Also make sure that you’re aware of the signs of dehydrated. Children who are unusually tired, have headaches, or get lightheaded may be suffering from dehydration. If you notice these symptoms, have your child slowly sip water and keep an eye on him or her to determine if a trip to the hospital is a necessity.
Know Your Surroundings
Summer is an especially problematic time for injuries, largely because children have more free time and tend to engage in more physical activity. While you should absolutely encourage your children to get out and play, it’s also a good idea to make sure that you know your surroundings well enough to prevent common injuries.
Take some time to learn more about the places where your kids play so that you can give them reasonable advice on how to prevent injuries. Keep an eye out for hidden holes, unsafe play equipment, and areas in which a small tumble could lead to broken bones. The more information you have, the better you can help.
It’s also a good idea to be on the lookout for signs of injury. While broken bones and scrapes are easy to spot, spotting a concussion can be harder. Make sure that you pay special attention to any child who hits his or her head, and be up to date on basic concussion protocols.
Pay Attention to Sun Safety
The warm weather brings with it all the usual sun safety warnings, so make sure that you’re up to date. Children shouldn’t be kept from going outside just because it is sunny, but it is a good idea to make sure that your children are properly prepared for the increased sunshine. This means light, sun-blocking clothing, hats, and sunscreen every time they go out – even if it seems overcast. Preventing a sunburn now can help to keep away skin cancer later in life.
It’s also smart to make sure that your kids take a break from going outside from time to time. If they seem overheated, let them spend a bit of time inside. Keeping them hydrated helps, of course, but making sure that your children take a break during the hottest parts of the day is always helpful.
Basic Bug Safety
Finally, keep an eye out for bugs this summer. Bugs can cause anything from allergic reactions to major diseases, so you need to prepare your children for whatever might come. Make sure that your kids stay out of long grass (and that you keep your own cut), and that you check for fleas and ticks any time they come inside. While bug bites might not seem like a big deal by themselves, the fact that bugs carry diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus should remind you of just how important it is to use a little bug repellant and a lot of common sense.
Keeping your children safe during summer is, for the most part, a matter of exercising common sense. Keep your children hydrated, away from dangerous situations, and away from extreme temperatures when possible. With a little oversight, you can make sure that everyone has a great summer.