Summer Safety Tips
Summer adventures are in full swing, which means kids have tons of opportunities to play, swim, run, bike and explore outside. You want your little ones to take full advantage of these long, fun days, but you also want to rest easy knowing that they are safe and sound.
Here are a few summer safety tips to accomplish both – keeping you and your kids having a blast this season!
Bumps & Scrapes
- A few scraped knees are almost a guarantee during the summer months. Put together a well-stocked first aid kit, including antiseptic wipes, bandages, antihistamines and pain-relief medications for both your home and your car.
- Be prepared for more serious situations (just in case). Have kids walk through what they would do in an emergency, and teach them how to dial 911. Keep a list of important numbers in an easy-to-find location.
- Make sure kids wear helmets whenever they ride their bikes. The ideal fit is when the helmet is level on the head, fitting snugly and covering the forehead.
- Mosquitoes: Unfortunately, skeeters are often part of the bargain during warm summer evenings. If your sweet little ones often come home with bites, it’s a good idea to protect them with insect repellent.
- The AAP and CDC recommend that children younger than 2 months not use products with DEET; kids older than 2 months can use repellent that is 10% to 30% DEET.
- If you prefer not to use a product with DEET, picaridin is also an effective mosquito repellent.
- Ticks: If you plan on doing any camping or hiking this summer, you might encounter a few ticks on the way. It’s best to cover up legs and arms if you can, but if your child does find a tick, don’t panic. It’s usually easy to remove ticks using fine-tipped tweezers.
- Summer vacation is an excellent time for kids to take swimming lessons. Sign up for classes, and watch them have fun and build their skills.
- Always supervise kids in or around the water; don’t count on lifeguards to keep a close watch. The AAP’s “touch supervision” term is a great rule of thumb: staying within an arm’s length of the child you’re supervising.
- Wear life jackets at all time when riding in boats.
- Have kids drink lots of water throughout the day. Keep reusable water bottles in a bag or backpack so they can stay hydrated.
- Avoid direct sun exposure and strenuous activity during the hottest times of day.
- Make sunscreen a must on both sunny and cloudy days. Lotion up with at least SPF 15 sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. Reapply every two hours (or more frequently) when swimming or sweating.