Summer is a time of fun and outdoor play for children. However, when it comes to heat, sunshine and water play, it’s important to prioritize their safety. As a parent or guardian, you can take proactive steps to ensure that your kids stay safe while still enjoying all that summer has to offer.
Summer Safety Tips for Kids
- Stay Hydrated: During these hotter months, it’s important to keep your children hydrated throughout the day. Encourage them to drink plenty of water, especially when engaging in physical activities or spending time in the sun. Always bring water bottles when you’re out and about, and remind kids to take regular water breaks.
- Sun Protection: Protecting your child’s skin from harmful UV rays is perhaps one of the most important precautions to take during the summer months. Ensure they wear sunscreen with a high SPF before heading outdoors. Teach them the importance of reapplying sunscreen every two hours and after swimming. Hats, sunglasses, and lightweight clothing that covers their arms and legs can also be helpful in shielding them from the sun.
- Safe Water Activities: Summer is all about the water activities, making water safety a top priority. If your child is not a strong swimmer, make they wear a life jacket when in or near bodies of water. Constant supervision when children are in or near water is crucial, regardless of their swimming ability. Teach kids basic water safety rules like not swimming alone, staying within designated areas, and asking for permission before entering the water.
- Be Cautious of Heat: Heat-related illnesses can pose a high risk to children during hot summer days. To prevent heat exhaustion or heatstroke, plan outdoor activities during cooler times of the day, such as early morning or late evening. When the temperature is particularly high, encourage indoor play or provide shaded areas for outdoor activities.
- Road Safety: Summer often means increased road trips and outdoor excursions. Reinforce the importance of road safety to your kids, whether they’re pedestrians or passengers. Teach them to look both ways before crossing the street, only use designated crosswalks, and avoid running or playing near roadways. When traveling by car, ensure they’re properly buckled up in age-appropriate car seats or seat belts at all times.
A little extra preparation and attention to safety go a long way in creating lasting summer memories for you and your children.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s health, schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today.