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Summer Safety Tips With Kids! 

July 3, 2018

Sunscreen

Sunscreen has its own season, summer! When the sun is out, everyone should be protecting their skin. Research done by The Skin Cancer Foundation has found that children who have gotten severe sunburns have a higher chance of developing Melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs in about 200,000 people per year in the United States. This Foundation recommends applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Sunscreen that is waterproof and that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is the best.

Sunscreen should be applied every 30 minutes for the best protection. Make sure skin is dry before applying. Regardless of age and skin type, always apply sunscreen to you and your children.

Poison Ivy

When it comes to playing outside, make sure you and your child are aware of what poisonous plants look like. Let’s say a ball has been kicked into a grassy area and your child wants to retrieve it. Make sure your child knows to check the area before walking through it. If they cannot tell or feel unsafe walking through a particular area, tell them to get an adult.

If you or your children have been exposed to poison ivy, here are some symptoms of an on-coming rash:

  • Itchy skin
  • Small bumps or hives
  • Redness or red streaks
  • Blisters that drain fluid when popped

Not all symptoms are severe and need medical assistance. For minor cases, home remedies like cold showers will help the symptoms to dwindle. If home remedies are not working and the rash continues to spread, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Bicycles

Bicycle accidents are common among children, especially those just learning how to ride one. According to the Consumer Product and Safety Commission, at least 300,000 children in the United States make a trip to the emergency room due to bike-related injuries.

The best way to keep your children safe on his or her bike is to make them wear protective gear, such as a helmet, shoulder pads and knee pads. If a child does get into a bicycle accident, minor injuries can be curable at home. If major accidents, like those that result in broken bones, must seek medical assistance immediately.

Swim Safety

Summer is known for laying out by the pool and swimming all day! Whether it is a public pool or a private pool at your home, the same rules apply to each. To ensure that your children are safe at any pool, go over the safety rules with them if they are old enough.

Many rules like no running, no diving in the shallow and wearing a life jacket in the deep end, all apply to almost any pool. If your child is not a very good swimmer, provide a life jacket to ensure their head is always above water and to prevent them from drowning. If there are no lifeguards, watch your children at all times or swim with them. If there are lifeguards, provide the right swim gear necessary!

Hydration

Make sure you and your children are drinking plenty of water when being outside. Dehydration can happen to anyone, especially children. It is important to eat and drink frequently throughout a hot summer day. Here are some symptoms of dehydration that parents should be cautious of:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Bee Stings

Bee stings are painful for anyone! Bees and insects are known for being practically everywhere during the summertime. Beehives can be located anywhere from trees to garages. Typically, hives are located in small areas where they are not always visible.

To ensure that your children are safe from being stung, check the area they are playing in for hives. Bug spray can also help, however, it will not kill bees. In case of a bee sting, make sure the stinger is not in the wound. Once removed, apply ice to relieve some pain and to shrink swelling. Once the sting is less inflamed, wash the area and place a bandage is necessary. If your child is allergic to bee stings, seek medical assistance immediately.