Summer Break Safety

Summer is the time when kids get to enjoy the outdoors, play and have fun. In the midst of the fun, it is important to ensure that your kids are well protected while they are having fun. Here are some safety tips that you should seriously consider this summer:

Protect your Kids against the Sun

Sunscreen is just one aspect of protecting your kids from the sun. the sun can be pretty brutal on their skin and health so you can’t take chances. The sun’s rays reflect off the sand and water or other reflective surfaces. This means that sunscreen is not going to cut it. Your kids are going to need some hats and sunglasses.

How do you protect your Kids against the UV Rays?

  • Apply some sunscreen on them. You should apply sunscreen on your kids before you leave the house. Sunscreen is also important on cloudy days because the rays can go right through the rays and cause damage. In addition, you should apply sunscreen on your kids after every two hours or more often after swimming. Use the prescribed amount of sunscreen.
  • Clothe them with sun-protective clothing. The best clothing for summer is tightly woven cotton clothing or clothes that have SPF built-in which is common in most kid swimsuits. Also, get some hats. Lastly, your children should not be outdoors between 10 am and 4 pm as this is when the sun is most intense.
  • Also, remember that your child’s eyes are all about. You need to get them some pretty cool sunglasses especially sunglasses that block almost 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Your kids’ sunglasses are not as expensive as you think.

When protecting your child from the sun, remember that they can get sunburns even in cloudy weather.

Protect them against Bugs

Summer is the season where bugs decide to be most annoying. Unfortunately, bugs are potential disease carriers. For instance, mosquitoes and bees can cause real harm to kids. How can you protect your child against bugs?

  • Use insect repellants to protect them against mosquitoes and ticks. These bugs carry a variety of viruses. Some repellants contain products that could be deadly when swallowed such as DEET. Don’t apply such repellants on your child’s face or hands. Before you use any repellant, talk to your paediatrician about which insect repellant is good for your kids.
  • When your children are outside, let them wear long sleeve shirts and long pants especially at dusk when mosquitoes are more prevalent.
  • Don’t leave stagnant pools of water around the house as these act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
  • If possible, don’t use scented soaps and perfumes on your children or let them carry around scented beverages. Such scented items attract bees which can sting them.

Protect them from Dehydration

During summer, a lot of water in your child’s body is lost through sweat. They can easily get dehydrated. So, ensure that you have water breaks when they are out playing. Summer is time to have fun but don’t let the fun get in the way of your child’s safety. Take every precaution you can.