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.
1. Helmet: Today at the bay, 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 according to Web MD. You can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85% by having your child wear a snug fit helmet.
2. 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 in little blow up pools. I could recall our 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 two-year old was playing by it and fell in. We were right there to scoop her up, but it happened so quick even with 6 adults present. All it takes is one inch for a child to drown. It’s best to check the perimeter of 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.
3. Preventing Falls: 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 two-year old 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. Also, on a deck the slats shouldn’t be wider than 4 inches wide. In my friends older home the slats are 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.
4. Always use a proper car seat or booster: 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 >8 and 57 pounds for a required 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.
5. Never leave a child or a pet in a 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.
6. Use sunscreen: Prevent sunburns and use sunscreen on children 6 months or older. Reapply after your kids have gone swimming. And have your kids wear rash guards and hats to avoid burning. Here are a few all natural, non toxic sunscreens I love for my kids. Don’t forget to apply 30 minutes before going outside even if it’s over cast and re apply quite often.
7. Hydrate: I talked about this one a lot in my 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 2 hours before vigorous exercise. Sports drinks replace electrolytes and I am ok with my kids occasionally having them.
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!