Summer Safety Tips
Our kids are the most important thing in our life, so taking a good care of them in the summers is quite a challenge every mom faces.
Kids love outdoors, but the heat and blazing sun often make me think how to save my children from skin problems.
When I was a child, I suffered a severe burn on my back neckline area as I wasn’t aware of the usage of sunscreen to protect it. It is now a permanent dark patch at the back nape of my body.
I definitely don’t want that anything like this should happen to my children.Making our children protected against sunburn and damages needs a little bit of planning of how to deal with it.
I am enlisting few summer safety tips which can be followed easily to make summers enjoyable and fun for children yet keeping them safe and protected.
1. APPLY SUNSCREEN
Using a sunscreen which works for your child’s skin type and serves the
purpose. It is the most important thing. Use it as per the instruction that comes along with it.
Reapply as many times as possible, as it is the key to keeping safe under the sun. Try finding the spray kind of sunscreen, it is easy to apply and is more effective.
Keeping kids indoor alone won’t save them from getting a sunburn, it just provides relief from the heat. As the sun’s light is scattered all around sunburn can happen indoors or in the shade as well.
So applying a sunscreen is the best remedy to avoid sunburn and keep kids safe this summer.
2. MAKE KIDS WEAR COVERED CLOTHES
However, applying sunscreen alone won’t be all.
Make your kids wear such clothes to cover as much skin possible.
Check for labels which have Nanotex, or try to go for 100% cotton clothes as they are breathable for the blazing summers.
READ: QUICK TIPS TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL THIS SUMMER
The amount of sun exposure must be extremely limited, especially during the peak hours, i.e., 10 am to 4 pm. First two points are the best summer safety tips however there are more pointers which cannot be ignored. Read them below.
3. MAKE CHILDREN WEAR A HAT
Try making your children wear a hat whenever they are outdoors.
It not only protects the delicate scalp of children, but also provides shade.
I came across this wonderful collection by Reshma Custom Creation, a Mompreneur Reshma customizes reversible baby hats which are not only cute and reversible but also protects children from blazing hot sun.
Do look at her page as she provides an awesome range to choose from.
4. TRY AVOIDING THE HOTTEST HOUR
From morning 10 am to 4 pm is the time when the sun’s rays are direct and it is very hot. So try avoiding these hours of letting children go outdoors by engaging your children into lunch, or finishing some activities indoors, or even a nap.
Make outdoor activity timings either in the morning or in the evening.
5. HYDRATION AND NUTRITION
We look for summer safety tips, worried about their protection in summers but forget the very basic things. Do not ignore water. Keeping your children hydrated is the safest bet to avoid any damage. Give them plenty of water to drink and fresh fruits to eat.
Try avoiding tetra pack juices as it is filled with sugar. Give them fruits like watermelon, grapes and bananas to eat as they are not only refreshing and nutritious, but also appeal children with their bright color.
Watch out for symptoms like vomiting, nausea, confused look, or dizziness in your child. It might indicate heat exhaustion. Keeping the fluid levels up will help in avoiding such problems.
If your child is extremely active like mine keep an eye on the hydration part well. Whenever my son plays outdoors I keep a bottle of water, oranges or lemon juice with me so as to avoid dehydration.
6. REGULAR BATHS
During summers give your children regular baths and showers. It not only helps in keeping up the good skin and feeling refreshed, but also keeps the damages caused by hot weather at bay.
7. USE MOSQUITO PATCHES/SPRAYS
Always use mosquito repellent patches or spray on your child’s body before they go for outdoor play. If your child comes back home scratching wash the skin with soap and water 2-3 times followed by calamine lotion. If possibly be with your child while he/she is playing outside. Whenever your child comes back home after outdoor play check the entire body, including under-arms, ears, knees, and belly buttons for tick bites change their clothes immediately after they are back home.
If your child suffers from any rash, or fever from any tick or insect bite consult your pediatrician immediately.
8. PREPARE A FIRST AID KIT
Prepare a first aid kit and carry it with you if your child goes outdoors often. The kit must include an antiseptic ointment, some bandages, cotton, few pain relief medicines. Also keep a water bottle, seasonal fruits or banana, sun screen, insect repellent or patches, tweezers, and your cell phone with the power bank. You can also carry some extra towels to use if it is extremely hot to provide relief while playing.
Our children are the most precious things and they are often vulnerable to harsh summer effects. Playing outdoors is a good thing for a healthy growth and development of children. But a caution must be taken by parents so as to make it enjoyable summer play for the children.
Hope our discussion today was useful to all and you find these summer safety tips useful. Please give us your valuable feedback and suggestion.
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