and your kids are going to spending a lot more time running around outside.
burns, bites, and other common summertime injuries, keep reading. Listed below
are five summer safety tips that every parent should keep in mind to keep their
kids (and themselves) safe and healthy all summer long.
1. Practice Sun Safety
allows you to safely boost your vitamin D levels. If your children are spending
more than ten minutes outside without sunscreen, they’re definitely at a higher
risk for sunburns and UV damage.
protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, although 30 is preferable. Look for a
broad-spectrum sunscreen, too, that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Apply it generously and re-apply it every two hours. If your children are doing
a lot of swimming or sweating, you may need to reapply sunscreen more
sun-protective clothing as an extra precaution.
2. Guard Against Bug Bites
diseases to children and adults alike.
area that has a lot of insects flying around — be sure to invest in a quality
insecticide that is toxic and can even be deadly if it accidentally swallowed.
Look, instead, for a non-toxic insect repellent — many contain essential oils
like citronella, cinnamon, and lemongrass — to keep bugs at bay.
the stinger (if the insect has one) right away. Then, apply ice to the area to minimize pain and swelling. You can also use
hydrocortisone ointment to prevent itching.
3. Protect Your Kids’ Heads
more time riding bikes and scooters outside. These activities are fun, and
they’re great forms of exercise, but they can also be very dangerous if your
children aren’t wearing proper safety gear.
bike, scooter, or anything else on wheels. A heavy-duty helmet will protect
them from serious head injuries should they fall or get hit while riding.
helmets, make sure you wear yours when you’re out riding with them!
4. Avoid Dehydration
playing sports, it’s easy for children to get dehydrated. Make sure they drink
plenty of water before, during, and after their trips outside.
drinks or juice instead of water. While these drinks are fine from time to
time, they’re also full of sugar, so they should definitely be an occasional
treat rather than a daily occurrence.
5. Brush Up On Your Pool Safety
in the pool. Thousands of children drown every year, and many
more are injured in near-drowning accidents.
if you have a pool in your backyard — keep these tips in mind:
- Put up a gate with a lock and alarm
- Never leave kids to swim
unsupervised, no matter how capable you think they are
- Don’t treat a flotation device as a
Hopefully, you’ll never need to use these skills, but they’re good to know
don’t need to be a helicopter mom, of course, but it’s important for every
parent to understand these basic summer safety tips. They’ll give you
peace of mind and help your kids get the most out of their summer