It’s that time of year to enjoy fun in the sun! Here are a few safety tip reminders to take you through the rest of summer.
Stay hydrated. Kids are more susceptible to heat illnesses, and strenuous activity and dehydration can make it difficult for youngsters to regulate changes in body temperature. Keep water and sports drinks with electrolytes on hand to maintain hydration and help reduce the risk of heat-related symptoms when outdoors in the summer heat.
Generously apply sunscreen. We should all be wearing sunscreen 365 days a year, but it is especially important to apply a water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater that protects against both UVA and UVB rays to your children in the summer when they are spending lots of time in the sun. It is recommended to apply as much as would fill a shot glass and reapply every two hours or after swimming.
Be alert and stay close when your child is near or in water. Always be within arm’s reach of young children. Teach your kids to swim at a young age. It is not only a fun activity, but a lifesaving skill!
Wear a helmet when bike riding. It may seem ‘uncool’ to your child, but it is important. Make sure the helmet covers the forehead and sits on the head. Fasten the helmet tight enough that two fingers fit between the chin and the strap. Parents can also set a good example by always wearing their helmets on family bike rides!
Don’t forget the bug repellent! Whether you’re out on the trail or enjoying an evening in your backyard, protect your child from mosquitoes and other bugs by using insect and tick repellent.
Healthy habits are best learned young so it’s never too early to start talking about these safety reminders with your child.