Parent & Nanny Summer Safety Tips for Kids
With summer here, parents and nannies will want to get the children in their care outdoors for some fresh air and fun in the sun. Being aware of potential safety risks can help you take the right precautions to help keep your kids safer and reduce the risk of accidents.
#1: Apply Sunscreen
Before the kids head outdoors, take the time to apply sunscreen with a high SPF to prevent them from getting sunburned. If they will be playing in the pool or water, use water-resistant sun protection. Make sure to reapply the sunscreen every few hours.
#2: Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are two of the most common summer month medical concerns. Take the time to review the signs of heat exhaustion, which could include:
- Redness in the Face
- Muscle Cramps
- Clammy, Cool Skin
- Profuse Sweating
- Increased Thirst
#3: Keep Kids Cool
It is essential to help kids stay cool by dressing them in light-colored clothing. The material should be lightweight and breathable. Long-sleeved shirts can be appropriate when swimming but should be the proper swim-style material that dries quickly and is breathable.
#4: Supervise Swimming
It is a good idea to remain nearby, even if you do not want to get into the pool to prevent children from drowning. Less experienced swimmers should have a life vest or another flotation device to keep them afloat. Even if your kids are experienced swimmers, you still never want to leave them unattended.
#5: Hydrate Often
Remember to keep yourself and your children hydrated when outdoors this summer. Every 30 minutes to an hour, stop and drink some water to rehydrate. You should avoid drinking sodas and drinks with caffeine since these can cause dehydration, especially when outdoors.
#6: Take Breaks
It can be challenging to get kids out of the pool and from playing in the water on extremely hot days. However, you still should plan breaks and take the kids indoors where it is cooler and more comfortable. For example, breaks could be scheduled when it is time for their mid-morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.
#7: Protect Against Mosquitos and Pests
In addition to sunscreen, you need to use insect repellent to protect your children from mosquitoes and other pests. Mosquitoes can be a problem during the day, especially in shaded areas. If you are out after dark, remember to reapply the repellent.
#8: Use Safety Gear
When planning outdoor activities, make sure you have the proper safety gear and equipment available. For example, when riding bikes, wearing a helmet is essential. If your kids ride on hoverboards, skateboards, or rollerblades, besides a helmet they should wear knee and elbow guards.
Do not forget about water safety gear, either. If you are spending time on your boat, stay safe by having your kids wear a life jacket while onboard.
#9: Get a First Aid Kit
Some good medical advice is to get a first aid kit and keep it stocked in case of an injury or accident. There are different sizes of kits available, including portable ones you can bring along when on outings and away from home.
Keeping kids safe and healthy this summer is not difficult when you use these summer safety tips for kids.
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