There’s a reason why June is a favorite month of most kiddos; school is out, days are long and the weather is warm! But what you might not know about this beloved month is that it’s also National Safety Month! And when it comes to warm summer days and hours of playtime, keeping kids safe is a pretty important task. Here’s how you can do it:
Limit Sun Exposure
Kids might want to spend all day, every day out in the hot sun, but this can cause sunburns, dehydration and even heat stroke. Limit the hours kids are spending outside, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is most direct. Hey, we can think of one place they can have hours of indoor fun.
Keep them Hydrated
Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be common – albeit serious – consequences of hot summer days. Keep kids safe by ensuring they’re properly hydrated. This is especially crucial if they’ll be playing outdoor sports.
Sunscreen is a must every day of the summer, regardless of whether you’ll be donning swimsuits. Keep kids covered in SPF of 30 or higher and be sure to reapply it every few hours. You’ll thank us when you’re not treating a sunburned child!
Summer is the perfect time for bike riding, skateboarding and roller skating. But be sure you’re keeping kids safe form serious injury by requiring them to wear helmets when they’re rolling or riding about.
Keep a First Aid Kit Handy
To treat small owies and more significant injuries quickly, make sure you have a basic first aid kit in your car and at home. Be sure this includes common necessities, like bandages, antibacterial ointment, gauze, tape and pain relievers.
Keep Snacks on the Go
The sun can really drain you and your kids. Keep everyone feeling good by keeping healthy snacks around when you’re on the go. Good options are nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit and whole wheat crackers.
Never Let Them Swim Alone
Kids should never be left alone in a swimming pool or near a lake or river. Be sure there is always an adult present when kids are swimming (or near water).