Important Summer Safety Tips for Kids
Following these simple summer safety tips for kids can help keep your children from visiting the emergency room. Continue to have a safe and healthy summer!
Don't Let the Summer Heat Spoil your Children's Fun
Summer heat can cause dehydration, sunburns and heat exhaustion in children. It is recommended that children should not wait until they are thirsty to ask for a drink. To avoid dehydration, children should drink about 5 ounces every 20 minutes, especially if they are being extremely active. The harmful rays of the sun can put a child at risk for melanoma in their later years. Don’t forget to apply an SPF higher than 30 before a child goes out to play! If your child experiences dizziness, headaches, or breathing problems, it is likely they are experiencing a heat-related illness and you should seek medical attention immediately.
Keep your Children Safe from Injuries this Summer
There are 3 types of summer safety-related injuries: pool, playground and bicycle. The pool can cause many near-drowning accidents if parents do not watch their children closely while they swim. It doesn’t matter how old your child is, a child should NEVER be left alone in or around a pool.
It is estimated that more than 200,000 children get playground injuries every year. These can be prevented by ensuring the equipment children are playing on is safe, that your children wear closed-toe shoes, and that they are not wearing any clothing with loose strings to prevent strangulation on the park play structures.
When riding their bikes, children should ALWAYS wear helmets, and parents should make sure the bike is properly fit for your child. The way you know a bike is properly fit is if there is a 1 to 3 inch gap between your child’s body and the bike bar.
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