Keep summer fun and safe for your kids with these helpful tips.
Summer is near. School is out, and the kids are enjoying the seasonal freedom. With less time spent indoors, there is more time to have fun and potentially get hurt or have a summer-related health issue.
Have a safe and healthy summer with these tips:
- Wear sunscreen. At least 30 minutes before going out the door, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect from sunburns.
- Bring the water. Avoid dehydration by having water readily available. Make sure the kids are rehydrating often.
- Bike safety. Every rider needs a helmet. Also, be sure to set boundaries indicating where your children can ride and educate them on bike safety.
- Swimming safety. Enroll your children in swimming lessons. Once they know how to swim, don't take it for granted. Never let children swim unsupervised.
- Playground safety. Whether the playground is on your property or a community site, check the area for hazards before letting your kids play. Also, enforce playground rules like waiting your turn and no pushing.
- Fight bug bites. Apply insect repellent or wear long sleeves and pants.
- Say no to hot cars. Never leave a child in a closed up car on a summer day. Sun shining into the car can heat it up very quickly, even on a cool day.
- Avoid allergies. Talk to your child's pediatrician about allergies before the summer begins. The doctor can recommend strategies, over-the-counter or prescription medications to alleviate allergy symptoms.
- Fireworks are for professionals. The American Pediatric Association strongly urges parents to pass on home fireworks and, instead, attend community displays. Even a simple sparkler can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, causing burns.
- Poisonous plant awareness. Teach your kids about poison ivy and poison oak. Have an over-the-counter treatment on hand in case of accidental contact.
Not all summer accidents can be prevented. For that reason, the Pediatric Emergency Care Center at Oak Hill Hospital is here to help. As the area's only pediatric ER, we provide child-centered care with "ouch-less" techniques. For more information, contact our Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120.