Okay, so we are all extremely excited now that summer break has begun! However, there are a few things that you must remember in order to keep your children- and yourself- safe this summer. From preventing sunburns to bee stings, this article from WebMD had all the right tips.
You might not know this but sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun, and then reapplied every two hours (or more frequently if the kids are getting in and out of the water) Also, the sun is the hottest between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, so try to limit sun exposure during this time if possible. When shopping for sunscreens, look for water resistant, SPF 30 or higher; and don’t forget those sunglasses! Sunglasses should offer 99% UV protection in order to maximize your protection from the sun.
The next unfortunate thing that you have to protect your children and yourself from are mosquitos, bees and ticks. If you are spending time in tall grass or woody areas, make sure to use insect repellent with DEET (make sure it is no more than 30% DEET for children though) After activity outside and in the woods, check for ticks and remove as soon as possible if spotted. In order to prevent bee stings, wear light-colored clothing and stay away from perfumes and scented soaps, which attract bees. Also, do not leave food, drinks, and garbage uncovered outside. If stung by a bee, DO NOT remove the stinger directly with a pair of tweezers. Instead, scrape the stinger away in a side to side motion with your fingernail.
Heat illness is the next thing you have to watch out for in the summer, especially if your children are playing sports. To reduce the risk of heat illness, limited strenuous activities to early mornings and evenings. Also, drink water before, during, and after exposure to the sun or activity in the heat. Air conditioning is the #1 protective factor against heat illness, but if you do not have air conditioning, spend time in public places that do have it (libraries, for example)
Fourth of July is one of my favorite times in the summer! Picnics, barbeques, and fireworks make it a great time to spend with family and friends. Did you know that approximately 7,000 people were sent to the emergency room in 2008 due to accidents with fireworks? During all of the excitement on the 4th, make sure your kids are close to you and let the professionals handle the firework displays.
Other things to watch out for and do your best to avoid this summer include foodborne illness and poison ivy. No one wants to spend the beautiful summer days indoors due to one of these unfortunate accidents or illnesses.
For more information or to read the whole article, visit: http://children.webmd.com/primer-on-summer-safety?page=8