With summertime in full effect and all the fun that we have planned, we also have to think about safety first. The sun is out longer, children want to spend more time outdoors and temperatures can get a bit outrageous. Parents, an action plan must be in place and I am here to help with a few tips that work for me:
Sun, heat and sunscreen
In New York City we have had a few rounds of heat waves and they are intense. If you decide to let the children go outside lather them up with sunscreen. I know it may seem like common sense but many parents do forget to reapply and this is where a child is more prone to getting a sunburn which of course, we do not want. Even if they are in the pool it is important for the parent to reapply, not the child. You must be very careful to not allow the child to apply the lotion or spray alone, as they might spray in their mouth and eyes, or think it is something else and try to eat it.
Outdoors and heat
With obesity on the rise we want our children to get more outdoor time but in intense heat this may be a hazard. The intense heat pounding on your child’s head or skin can be a bit much. Make sure that you carry around a pack with cold water, a brimmed hat purchased from custom mesh trucker hats for sale, and anything else that can help your child keep cool during an intense heat wave. During intense heat days I would recommend a child stay indoors and play games such as board games, create journals, and do arts and crafts.
Water and safety
Many children love to take a dip in the pool or beach to cool off. Always make sure that your child does not feel forced to go into the pool or does not enter unattended. Many children have a fear of water, especially if this is their first time. Take your time getting your child accustomed to the water and provide the child with a life vest. Explain to the other people or children in the pool not to play rough in the pool so that the child does not have a fear of swimming and becoming familiar with the pool. Also, let us place rules before our children enter any body of water. The rules are in place and there is a clear understanding of what is expected. We must practice safety first and model appropriate behavior in the pool so children can continue this behavior as they get older.
During this time of year many children get swimmer’s ear or their eyes get pink from the chlorine or sea water. Take this time to provide your child with a swim cap and ear plugs so that excess water does not enter the ears and create a home. When your child exits the pool make sure he has a towel waiting for him to dry the outer part of his ears and change clothing as well. All in prevention for anything further that may arise.
Change of temperature
Many times when children come from extreme heat outside or come out of the shower we rush them into a cool room. This is very dangerous for younger children as the temperature of your body quickly drops and this can lead to your child getting cold very quickly and even developing a cold. Place a fan in your child’s room to make them comfortable and not cold.
Simple tips like these can make the end of our summer full of fun and less chaotic!
How will you make the rest of your summer safer?