Keep your children safe and make the most of your time outdoors as a family with these safety tips.
Know First Aid
You will always feel more at ease if at least one person in your family knows basic first aid
Stock your First Aid Kit
Keep one kit well stocked in the house and an extra one in the car. The AAP recommends first aid kids for children contain:
- Age appropriate acetaminophen or ibuprofen
- Antiseptic creme and sterile bandages
- Hand sanitizer
- Tweezers, scissors and safety pins
- Distilled water for cleaning wounds
- Insect repellent and calamine lotion
- Cold pack
- First aid manual
Be Weather Wise
If you will be in the sun, stay protected by wearing sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. According to the FTC, sun exposure in childhood plays a major factor in developing skin cancer later in life, so use plenty of sunscreen to avoid skin damage.
Be Water Wary
Never leave children unsupervised near water. At least one of the adults present should know how to swim if there are no lifeguards. Make sure floatation devices fit properly.
Keep your kids hydrated! It's easy to forget to drink water when there is so much fun to be had. Regularly remind your children to drink to avoid dehydration, especially during hotter days.
Don't Get Bugged
If you will be spending time outdoors, especially in wooded areas, remember to use insect repellant to ward off bites from mosquitoes and other bugs. If your child experiences an allergic reaction to a bug bite, don't hesitate to visit us at Oak Hill Hospital. Did you know ? We are home to the area's only dedicated Pediatric Emergency Care Unit.
Wear the Right Gear
Whether it's for biking, skateboarding, snowboarding or surfing, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Wear a helmet, knee pads, rash guard or whatever other safety equipment an activity or sport requires.
Accidents happen even with the most vigilant parents. If they do, don't panic. Stay calm, and administer first aid while someone calls 911 if needed. If the emergency is less urgent and there is time, take your child to a pediatric emergency room where they can receive child-centered treatment. Learn more about our dedicated Pediatric ER here at Oak Hill Hospital.