Jun 20, 2018

Five Summer Safety Tips Every Mom Should Know

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Summer is here, and, if you’re like most parents, that means you and your kids are going to spending a lot more time running around outside.

If you want to enjoy your fun in the sun without worrying about 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

Spending about ten minutes in the sun unprotected 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.

Make sure your kids are applying sunscreen that has a sun 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 frequently.

Kids who are particularly prone to sunburns may also want to wear sun-protective clothing as an extra precaution.

2. Guard Against Bug Bites

Insect bites are annoying and can potentially spread a variety of diseases to children and adults alike.

If you’ve got a big camping trip coming up -- or just live in an area that has a lot of insects flying around -- be sure to invest in a quality insect repellent.

Use caution when using repellents that contain DEET -- this is an 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.

If your child is stung or bitten by an insect, be sure to remove 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

During the summer, your kids are probably going to spend a lot 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.

Make sure your child wears a helmet whenever they’re riding a 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.

Remember to lead by example -- if you want your kids to wear helmets, make sure you wear yours when you’re out riding with them!

4. Avoid Dehydration

When they’re spending lots of time out in the heat, especially playing sports, it’s easy for children to get dehydrated. Make sure they drink plenty of water before, during, and after their trips outside.

You may be tempted to mix things up by giving your kids sports 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

Finally, make sure your kids are staying safe when they’re playing in the pool. Thousands of children drown every year, and many more are injured in near-drowning accidents.

In order to keep your children safe while they swim -- especially 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 lifeguard substitute

It’s also beneficial to learn CPR for kids, specifically. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use these skills, but they’re good to know nonetheless.

Final Thoughts

  • You 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 vacation.

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