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Summer Safety Tips: Protect Kids When Activities Heat Up

It’s summer, and that means longer days, lighter nights and more worrying. Before your kids race out the door, make sure you are doing all you can to protect them.

There’s something about this season that makes kids run faster and play harder. And like everything else parents carefully do to protect their kids — cooking healthy kid food, hiring the right babysitters, buckling them into car seats (or shouting out seat belt reminders) — summer takes preparation, too.

Here’s how you can help keep kids safe this season:

  • Be Sun Savvy: apply sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) early and often, dress in protective clothing and hats, keep infants out of the sun, play outside in the early morning and beware that burning can still occur in the shade.
  • Splash Safely: be attentive to children playing in water, know CPR skills and educate yourself on water safety.
  • Beware of Bugs: use bug spray, check for allergic reactions, check for ticks and beware of bug-borne illnesses.
  • Prevent Dehydration: drink water often, avoid sugary drinks and beware of signs of dehydration (headache, cramping, fatigue, weakness, etc.).
  • Head Off Injuries: always wear helmets!

If your child experiences a summer-related injury or illness, contact your pediatrician or family practitioner. If you are looking for a new doctor, contact 804-359-WELL [9355] or www.goodhelpdocs.com to find a provider close to home or work.

Sources: Care.com and CDC

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