Nobody enjoys outdoor activities more than kids during summer, when the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and all they want to do is spend the entire day outside. However, summer brings many potential hazards that can spoil a good mood. Overexposure to heat and the sun, and insects are just some of the things you should pay attention to if you want to avoid unwanted consequences. Here are 4 tips to help you equip your kids for a careless, safe summer.
1. Don’t let insects ruin a good time
Insects are active during summer and they can be quite a nuisance when you and your kids are trying to have fun outside. To keep your children safe from mosquito bites, use an efficient natural mosquito repellent that contains essential oils like eucalyptus and tea tree. The natural repellant is much safer to use because it lacks a chemical known as DEET, which masks the natural smell of your body and keeps insects at bay. The essential oils act the same as DEET while they also nourish and protect your skin.
2. Water safety
During hot weather, engaging in all sorts of water activities is children’s favorite way of refreshing and spending time outdoors. However, water can be dangerous for kids if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Never let your children out of sight when they are in or around water. Drowning accidents are quite common among children, so you need to supervise them all the time, especially the youngest ones. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the pool, it’s essential to teach your kids how to swim. You can enroll them in a formal swimming school to prepare them the best way possible for the time they will be spending in water. Also, you can learn more about the infections that might arise from contaminated water in pools and find out how to prevent them. Additionally, it’s a good idea to learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), as you might be in a situation where these skills can save a life.
3. Combat the sun and the heat
Overexposure to sun and hot weather affects everyone and it can cause health problems particularly among young children. The only cure is prevention, so it’s essential to ensure that your kids don’t get affected by a heat-related illness. Dress your kids in light clothes of light colors, as they reflect the heat. Make sure that the clothes cover their entire body to prevent exposure to harmful UV rays. Also, use a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 15 for your kids whenever they go outside. Don’t let you children engage in outdoor activities during the hottest time of the day and plan their time spent outside for morning and evening hours. Remember to take frequent showers to cool off, and immediately seek help from a doctor if you notice that your child isn’t feeling well.
4. A safe play
During summer, your kids will be spending a lot of time at playgrounds, so you need to ensure that they have a careless play. Check if the surface underneath the playground equipment is soft, properly maintained, and above all, safe. Before letting kids go down the slides, check if they are cool, as materials like plastic and metal can get very hot when exposed directly to sun. Also, don’t let your children walk without their shoes on while playing. Finally, it’s important to supervise your kids while they are on the playground to prevent possible accidents or injuries.
These safety tips will ensure that you and your kids have a memorable and worry-free summer.