Beat the heat and stay protected from the sun. The #1 most dangerous part about summer is the sun and its heat. Heat-related illnesses are common in summer and can be extremely dangerous, even fatal, to children up to 4 years old. Make sure children wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Try to avoid going outside at hours of peak sunlight when the sun is the highest (typically in the middle of the day). Make sure your children rest in the shade frequently and have chances to cool down.
Protect the Skin
Part of summer sun is summer sunburns. It’s important to help your child keep safe from the sun and avoid painful sun-related skin conditions. Make sure your child liberally applies sunscreen lotion daily (opt for a lotion with a good SPF) and covers up with the appropriate clothing. Your child should never sit out in the sun to “tan” or go to a tanning salon under any circumstances. Remember: the sun, while pleasant, is dangerous.
It is absolutely key that your children remain hydrated. In summer’s heat, dehydration happens quickly and can manifest itself in many unpleasant and dangerous symptoms, including nausea, dizziness, fainting and others. It is important that your child drinks water regularly. If they are thirsty, that means they are already dehydrated! If your child starts experiencing severe symptoms of dehydration or heat sickness, seek out immediate medical attention right away.
It is key that you make sure your child is up-to-date on their immunizations, especially in the busy season of summer, with its many outdoor and physical activities. It is especially important to get immunized if your child plans to attend a session of summer camp. It’s also never too early to start the before-school immunization process! Book your appointment now to get your child up-to-date on immunizations before the new school year begins.
Master Water Safety
While splashing in the pool and going to the beach is fun, t’s important to master water safety in the summer. Make sure your kids know how to swim, float and stay safe around water. Children under 14 should be supervised by a parent at all times. If your child is young, make sure they have a life vest or flotation device. Children should be kept away from pools and other bodies of water when they are not in use (fences are a good idea).