With the first official day of spring just a few weeks away, the sun’s out strong and people are starting to emerge from their winter blues. However, as days get warmer and as you spend more time outdoors with your children, it’s important to keep spring health and safety in mind. After all, it can’t hurt to be prepared!
Sunshine doesn’t just provide valuable Vitamin D—it is essentially for a healthy, happy mind and mood as well. However, improper or excessive exposure to the sun can lead to sunburns now and potential skin problems later down the line. Make sure your children wear sunscreen—even when it’s cloudy. Unless swimming or engaging in physical activity, make sure your children cover up with hats and light shirts to protect from the sun. Sunglasses are essential, too.
A common spring health issue that sufferers know all too well: spring allergies. Children can develop allergies at any time, and approximately 40 percent of children in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies. If your child has the sniffles and you expect he or she has allergies, schedule an appointment with your child’s doctor in order to seek out treatment.
We’re not the only ones who enjoy being outside when the weather’s nice! Insects also start peeping out at the first signs of spring. Make sure your child stays covered up at dusk, and if he or she is bitten by an insect and experiences swelling, faintness, vomiting, or difficulty breathing, get medical help right away.
Staying safe outdoors
Spring means more children will be playing outside. Parents should be extra careful while driving, and always drive slowly and cautiously in neighborhoods and school areas. Make sure your child practices proper safety measures when outside. Educate them on policies with strangers, ensure that they wear a helmet, and know where they are at all times.