January 23, 2011

Outdoor Summer Safety: Protecting Your Kids From Bugs, Burns and Bad Weather

When summer arrives you want to enjoy as much time in the outdoors as possible, but you also want to keep your family safe. It’s important to know what the safety risks are in your area and what the weather will be. High temperatures, thunderstorms, and insects can all impact the health and safety of your kids. The following tips can be a guide to take you through this summer comfortably.
When It’s Hot
When the temperatures rise, parents must be concerned about sunburn and dehydration. Technology has provided today’s moms and dads with apps to alert them to weather conditions that could be potentially harmful. Just click here for an app to check out weather conditions in your area by the hour and day. When your kids are playing outside on both sunny and cloudy days, be sure exposed skin is covered in sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. Wearing a hat or visor provides extra protection for the face. kids sweat when they are playing, and it’s necessary to apply more sunscreen after a few hours. Sweating also increases the risk of dehydration, which makes it important to give your kids plenty of water. It’s also important for children to take breaks every so often during hot weather. They can sit under a shade tree, on a porch, or anywhere that it is out of direct sun.
Bugs And Creepy Crawlies
Summer is also the time to experience mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, hornets, and bees. Always keep some first aid supplies on hand. Check your children carefully for ticks after a day of playing outside. If you find a tick, follow these Centersfor Disease Control removal instructions. There are over-the-counter products to relieve the itch of mosquito bites. If you live in an area where there are poisonous spiders, and your child is bitten, clean the area and watch for redness and swelling. Ask your child to describe the spider if possible. Don’t take chances with unknown spider bites. Take your child to the doctor as a precaution. Parents can’t know their child is allergic to bee stings until it happens. The first time your child is stung, take them immediately to a clinic. He or she will probably be just fine. For the child who is allergic, it can be a life-saving decision.
Water Safety
Every child should learn to swim. The National Safe Kids Campaign cites drowning as a leading cause of accidental death in children from ages 1 through 14. Children need to learn when they are very young so they feel comfortable in the water. Swimming is a sport that can actually save your child’s life in the event of an accident on the water. There are many health benefits associated with swimming. It builds healthy hearts and lungs, increases stamina, improves flexibility, and strengthens muscles. It’s a sport that opens the door to other fun activities. Once your child is a good swimmer they can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and other watersportsand activities.
Your children can enjoy a great summer when you follow these tips. You can rest knowing your kids are safe.


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