Kids Summer Safety Tips For Parents
Kids Summer Safety Tips For Parents
Summer is officially here and with it comes a lot of outdoor activities with your little ones. Kids love to explore their surroundings and we could never be too safe as parents to prevent injuries from happening.
Rock a Helmet
This week, I saw a mom rollerblading and pushing a stroller with dad right behind her on a skateboard holding his 1-year-old infant without a helmet. I was in shock that the dad would skateboard holding the infant when all it takes is one of my kids to get in his way to cause a fall. Accidental falls are the number one cause of childhood injury and you can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent just by having your child wear a snug fit helmet.
Know Your Water Safety
If you have a pool make sure your child can’t get to it. It’s actually the law to have a fence around your pool between the home and the pool. Check for water in buckets or even in little blow up pools. One summer the little blow up pool in our yard was not being used so we turned it upside down. After a big rain storm it filled upside down with water and sure enough my little one was playing by it and fell in. We were right there to scoop him up, but it happened so quick even with six adults present. All it takes is one inch for a child to drown. It’s best to double check your home. Also, do not let your child swim unattended and while they are swimming it’s time to put your phone down and pay attention. Teach your kids to stay away from the water and they have to ask permission to play with it.
The CDC advises using U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets on the water.
We All Fall Down
All of my kids have sustained injuries by falling right in front of me. Kids fall that’s for sure, but there are some steps we need to take during the warmer months. Sadly, falls out of windows and decks increase when its warmer. In our last house I remember opening a few upstairs windows to let some air in and sure enough my baby went running towards the window and slammed his hands on the screen. It scared me to death and I never opened my windows again because of it. There should have been window stops in place to prevent it opening so wide or a window guard. Deck slats also shouldn’t be wider than four inches. In my friends older home the slats were so wide my toddler could fit through it. This can all be avoid by knowing your surroundings and making sure if you are at a friend’s house, check the upstairs before you let your kids run free.
With me carpooling kids most days I always try to have to extra boosters in the trunk of my car. All 50 states require car seats and boosters. In the state of California the law is children under eight and/or 57 pounds require a child restraint. For this one. I don’t mind pushing it an extra year or two, especially if my kid is on the smaller side.
Stay informed of the weather when you’ll be outdoors, especially in an unfamiliar city. Sudden heat waves can be extremely dangerous!
Double Check the Car
Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. You would think this one would be common sense, but still year after year a child or pet loses their life because they were left in the car. Even with cracked windows, the temperature in the car rises quickly. Under no circumstance should you ever leave your kid in the car or let them play in it.
Slather on That Sunscreen
Prevent sunburns and use sunscreen on children six months or older. Reapply after your kids have gone swimming. And have your kids wear rash guards and hats to avoid burning. I love non-toxic sunscreens; they’re great for my kids. Don’t forget to apply 30 minutes before going outside even if it’s overcast and re apply quite often.
Drink, Drink, Drink
I talked about this one a lot in past posts. I love filling my kids’ Klean Kanteens with ice water when we go out. But it’s important for them to drink before you go out and take multiple water breaks during the day. Also stay far away from caffeinated beverages as they cause you to dehydrate. Children are so much more prone to dehydration because their bodies don’t cool down like adults do. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking the equivalent of a standard bottle of water (16.9 oz.) about two hours before vigorous exercise. Sports drinks replace electrolytes and I am okay with my kids occasionally having them.
In addition to sunscreen, the CDC recommends a wide-brimmed hat (or plenty of shade breaks!) to protect your skin from the sun.
What I am doing as their mom is talking about these tips and letting the kids be informed about making good choices. As they get older, I won’t be able to monitor them, that is why I have to instill in them now all of these safety tips. I am paving the way for good habits early on. I would love to hear from you! What are you doing to pave the way for your kids in tow? Comment on this post below!