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How to Keep Kids Safe on Hot Summer Days

May 16 2016 | Maple Crest

Blog Image Summer is almost here!! There’s a good chance your family’s calendar is quickly filling with backyard barbeques, days cooling off at the local swimming pool, and camping trips. Make the most out of this summer bliss – keep the whole family safe while out in the sun and avoid heat-illness. Here are tips to help.

Prevent Kids from Getting Hurt While Playing Outside - Outdoor play is a big part of healthy growth and development for your child. Summertime gives them the opportunity to do just that – let them spend time exploring and having adventures outside in safe parks and playgrounds nearby. Make sure you know that amenities in these areas are safe and working by accompanying your kids to these sites initially and following up over the summer season.

Safe swimming - Never allow young children who can’t swim out of arm’s reach around a pool or body of water, even with a life jacket. For kids that can swim, use the “buddy system” and make sure they know to never swim alone. Look to make sure the environment your child is playing in is safe and that they have the right equipment and skills to play safely.

Protect Kids from Skin Damage - Children and infants have sensitive skin. It’s vital to protect them from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer and prevent damage. Dress babies and toddlers in a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and clothes that cover most of their skin. Teach school-age children how to protect themselves when out in the sun by applying appropriate sun screen and minimizing exposure to the sun. Make sure teens know the facts about sun safety and indoor tanning. The sun can cause premature aging and, contrary to common belief, a tan does not provide enough protection against the sun’s rays. Stay safe from the sun no matter how old you are by following the 4-S protection system: Seek shade. Slip on a shirt. Slap on a hat. Slop on the sunscreen.

Skip Sugary Drinks and Offer Kids Water- When children drink plenty of water regularly throughout the day, they stay hydrated. This is especially important in hot weather. Avoid sugary drinks like pop, fruit drinks, vitamin enhanced waters, flavored waters, energy drinks and sports drinks. Encourage kids to drink and enjoy water.