Summertime can mean fun times for the kids. But along with the warm weather, also comes some added dangers such as poison ivy, insect bites, bee stings, and sunburn. Summertime is also the time when many outdoor accidents happen which can range from minor scraps and cuts, broken bones to drowning in a pool or other bodies of water. Here are some ideas for keeping your children safe this summer.
Nothing puts a damper on summer time fun more than a bad case of poison ivy. It is a good idea to review pictures of what poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac looks like. Show pictures of these plants to your children as well so they know what to avoid. If you know your children are going into an area with poison ivy, make sure they wear long sleeves and pants. If you or your children have been exposed to poison ivy, follow these steps from the FDA: First, cleanse exposed areas with rubbing alcohol. Next, wash the exposed areas with water only (no soap yet, since soap can move the urushiol, which is the oil from the poison ivy that triggers the rash, around your body and actually make the reaction worse). Then take a shower with soap and warm water. Lastly, put gloves on and wipe everything you had with you, including shoes, tools, and your clothes, with rubbing alcohol and water
Sun and Summer Heat
One of the dangers of summer can come from exposure to sun and heat. The most obvious hidden dangers in the summer simply have to do with the heat and can include: Making sure kids are well hydrated and take frequent breaks when playing outside can prevent heat stress and heat stroke. Be sure and watch for symptoms such as thirst, cramps, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and fever. Be sure and check all playground equipment before allowing children to play on it. A child can get burned on metal slides or other hot playground equipment. Be sure and apply sunscreen on your children before they go outside. A bad sunburn can be very painful for a child.
Practice Water Safety
Children love to play and cool off in the pool. But make sure there experience is a safe one by doing these things: Childproof your pool by enclosing it in a fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate. Supervise your kids around the pool, even if they know how to swim. Have children who don't know how to swim wear a life vest when they are in the pool. Always have your child wear a life vest when on a lake or river, even if they know how to swim. Take your child to swimming lessons once he or she is four to five years old, the age when most kids can learn to swim.
Other Summer Safety Tips
Besides poison ivy, sunburn and the water, there are other dangers parents must be aware of during the summer. Here are some other things to watch out for: Keep younger kids away from lawn mowers. Use insect repellents and check your child daily for ticks. Make sure your children use appropriate protective gear, such as a helmet and pads, when they ride a bicycle, scooter, or skates. Never let your kids play with fireworks.
Have a safe and happy summer!
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