From sunburns to bug bites, here are 10 tips and tricks for preventing and treating summer dangers your kids may find in outdoor play.
While children’s bodies are more efficient at healing and other processes than adults, one thing those little bodies don’t do as well is cooling themselves down. Learn much more about how to keep your children hydrated and cool during the hot summer months here from Parents.com.
2. Guard Against Burns
Take skin care seriously this summer by remembering to apply sunblock and wear protective clothing. WebMD has some great tips and suggestions for guarding against sunburns here. I’ll also add a tip of making your own Essential Oil Sunscreen. It’s very effective and free from all those unnecessary chemicals.
3. Bug Bites & Bee Stings
Whether you’re hiking, camping, playing on the beach, swimming at the pool, or anything else between, bugs and bees are a summertime problem! To help you in this summertime battle, read up on 12 Dos and Don’ts for preventing mosquito bites from Prevention.com. Dr. Greene also shares useful suggestions for avoiding bee stings.
4. Poisonous Rashes
Poisonous plants can be a real problem when you go camping, hiking, or otherwise spend time in nature. Educate yourselves on how to recognize poisonous plants to avoid the uncomfortable and potentially dangerous side effects. You can also learn how to treat such rashes from WebMD should you or your children be exposed.
5. Food Poisoning
With all the fun summertime barbecues and parties, it’s no wonder that food poisoning peaks during these months as food is exposed to temperatures above 90 degrees. Health.com recommends 14 foods of which to be particularly careful with as you plan all your yummy meals. Also read up on home remedies and treatments for food poisoning from emedicinehealth.com.
6. Travel First Aid Kit
Be prepared for any medical issue or emergency even when you’re on the go. One Good Thing By Jillee shows you how to make a travel-friendly First Aid kit here.
7. CPR Certification
You never think you’ll actually need to know CPR until you do. This happened to us one year on a cruise in the Caribbean. A man was knocked out by a kayak and became unconscious face down in the water. Other vacationers around us were prepared and took charge of the situation with CPR… I went home a week later and enrolled in the first CPR class I could find. You never know when you’ll need this skill. Find a local CPR class to attend with your family from cpr.heart.org.
8. Buddy System
Remember when you went on field trips as a child and your teacher assigned you a “buddy”? The Buddy System was effective then and it’s still effective now. Sit down with your children before going on an adventure and talk to them about what to do in various situations. Assign them to a buddy (a friend, a sibling, etc) and how they can watch out for each other on your outing. Read more here.
9. Splash Pads
As much as they want to go to water parks and pools, some Little Water Enthusiasts just aren’t quite big enough. To keep everyone happy and them safe, find a nearby splash pad instead. A Google search of your area should show you where to find your nearest options.
10. Swim Lessons
350 children die from drowning each year in America. Equip your children with floaties and life vests and enroll them in swim lessons to prevent becoming part of the statistic. If you find the right school, you actually can’t start swim lessons too young. Goldfish Swim School is a wonderful swim instruction facility specializing in classes for infants and toddlers. They have 65 locations in 17 states and are growing. Learn more about their classes here.