Summer Safety for Parents and Kids
Summer is a fun time for kids since they can spend hours at a time outside day after day. Whether kids are hanging out in your neighborhood, going camping or heading to the beach, it’s important for parents to make sure they stay safe. Keep the following summer safety tips in mind, so your kids can have a happy and healthy season before going back to school.
Being out in the sun means that your kids are at risk of ending up with sunburn. The sun’s UV rays can also cause damage to their eyes over time without protection. You can keep your kids safe from the sun’s rays this summer by doing the following:
- Always apply sunscreen before going outside. Even if your kids will be in the water or outdoors on a cloudy day, it’s still important for them to wear sunscreen. Choose sunscreen that offers protection from UVA and UVB rays, and put it on about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply it every couple of hours or after your kids have gone swimming.
- Wear hats with a wide brim for added protection from the sun.
- Wear sunglasses that protect from UVA and UVB rays.
Spending time in the heat increases the risk of heat stroke. This is a potentially serious condition that can be life-threatening when a child’s body temperature becomes too high. Keep your kids safe from this condition by taking the following steps:
- Stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., which is when the sun is at its hottest. During heat waves, limit the time that your kids spend outside.
- Make sure kids drink plenty of cold water when they’re running around outside.
- Watch for signs of heat stroke, so you can ensure that your kids get prompt treatment. Signs include flushed skin, a body temperature of 104 degrees or higher, headache, rapid heart rate, shallow breathing, dry skin that feels hot, nausea and vomiting. Kids who show any of these signs need emergency medical care. While waiting for help, cool them down by bringing them to a shady or air-conditioned area and applying cold packs or damp towels to their body.
Kids who are outdoors in summer are bound to encounter bugs, including mosquitoes and bees. You can reduce their risk of being bitten or stung in the following ways:
- Apply bug repellent before going outside, which offers protection from mosquitoes and ticks.
- Have kids cover up in the evening or at night to prevent mosquito bites.
- Don’t use soaps or other scented products on kids during summer, which can attract bees. They should also avoid eating or drinking sweet foods and beverages since these can bring wasps and bees around.
Enjoy your summer, and don’t forget to schedule your child's next cleaning appointment. Contact us at Wright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry today!