Summer Safety: How to Keep Your Family Safe This Season

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by Dr. Christopher Haines

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07.08.2022

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it can also be a time for danger. There are many things that can go wrong during the summer months, from heat illness to accidents in the pool. It is important to take precautions to keep your family safe this season. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best ways to stay safe during the summer.

Sun Safety

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Practicing sun safety is important for children as well as adults. The sun’s damaging rays can not only cause burns but can lead to issues later in life including skin cancers. It is also very important, before heading out to enjoy the summertime to understand that UV rays can reflect off of sand/water. Additionally, UV rays can still cause damage when it is cloudy. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) estimates that approximately 80% of the sun’s harmful rays get through the clouds so as a parent it is important to think about sun safety even when it is cloudy.

Sunscreen

They should wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply it every two hours at minimum. If a child is in the water or active, sunscreen should be applied every 30 minutes. Babies can use sunscreen as young as six months old, but should use sunscreen that is made for babies.

The AAD also recommends that parents avoid putting sunscreen on their hands and then rubbing it into their child’s skin to avoid contact with possible irritants. Many parents tend to not apply enough sunscreen for their children or themselves. We recommend following the directions on the package but making sure you apply an ample amount to cover the entire body. Studies have shown that this is usually about 1 ounce.

Try our sun-protecting favorites:

1. Banana boat sunscreen stick

2. Aveeno kids continuous protection zinc oxide

3. Babyganics SPF 50 baby sunscreen

4. Banana boat sport kids sting free

Clothing

Another way to prevent sun damage is by having your children wear clothing that covers their skin. Many clothes now have an SPF built in, which can be helpful. Also, wearing a brimmed hat is also a great way to protect your child’s face and neck from the sun. Children should stay in the shade as much as possible, especially between the hours of 11 am and 4p when sun’s rays are the most intense.

Our sun-protecting favorites:

1. Toddler UPF 50+ UV Sun Protection Long Sleeve

2. Ingear Boys UPF 50+ Long Sleeve sun protection

3. Kanu Surf Rash Guard Keri UPF 50+

4. Swimzip Kids Sun Hat Widebrim UPF 50+

5. Camptrace Toddler Sun Hat For Kids Beach Protection

Eye Protection

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It is easy to forget to protect your child’s eyes from the sun. UV rays can cause both short term and long term damage to eyes so it is very important to not only protect your child’s skin but also their eyes from sun damage. Sunglasses for kids should protect against both UVA and UVB rays and can easily be found at stores and on-line.

Our sun-protecting favorites:

1. Oilway kids baby polarized flexible rubber glasses with strap

2. Azuza 5 pack unbreakable polarized uv protected sports toddler sunglasses 2-12 yo

3. RIVBOS Kids polarized sunglasses with strap

Water Safety

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Each year, thousands of children under the age of five drown in pool accidents. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children aged one to four. It is important to take precautions to prevent these tragedies. All pools should be fenced in and have a self-locking gate.

One of the keys to prevention is supervision with children not being left unattended around water, not even for a minute. Additionally, older sibling as well as teenagers should not be permitted to supervise children in the pool or ocean alone. Parents should also learn CPR in case of an emergency.

Heat Illness

Children are at higher risk for heat illness because their bodies sweat less and they become dehydrated more quickly. Heat illness can cause rashes, cramps, exhaustion, nausea, and in extreme cases can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.

To prevent heat illness, it is important for children to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding sugary drinks like soda. They should also take breaks in the shade or indoors to cool down. Also, do not feed infants or babies pure water; they receive all the hydration and nutrients they need in breast milk or formula.

  • Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two types of heat illness and can happen when the body is unable to cool itself. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, fainting, vomiting, and headache. If you or your child experiences any of these symptoms it is important to get out of the heat and into a cooler area as well as rehydrate.

  • Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when your body temperature is above 104 degrees Fahrenheit and you have stopped sweating. Symptoms include a hot, red, dry or damp skin, a rapid and strong pulse, a throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea and confusion. If you see these symptoms in someone, call 911 immediately and move them out of the heat.

During the summer months, it is important to stay hydrated and cool. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest hours of the day. Wear loose, light-colored clothing.

If you or someone you know starts to feel faint or dizzy, stop what you are doing and move to a cooler area. Drink fluids and seek medical attention if necessary.

Car Safety

Each year in the United States children die from being left in hot cars. On a hot day, the temperature in a car can rise 20 degrees in just ten minutes. Even on mildly warm days the temperature in a car can increase rapidly to a temperature that is too hot for a child.

To prevent these tragedies, never leave your child unattended in a car, even for a minute. Additionally, don’t leave cars open or car trunks accessible as children may enter and lock themselves in resulting in a tragedy. Studies have shown that approximately 54% of the time a child is left in a car by accident as a result of a parent or guardian forgetting.

If you are driving with children, make sure to check the back seat before leaving the vehicle. Make it a habit to look in the back seat every time you get out of the car. Try putting your purse or shoe in the backseat on busy days as to not forget to look for your child. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 immediately.

Helmets

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Summer time is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities like biking, skateboarding, and rollerblading. However, it is important to wear helmets to protect your head in case of a fall. According to the Center For Disease Control And Prevention CDC, approximately 49% of bicycle related deaths among children ages five to 14 were due to not wearing a helmet. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%. Make sure that the helmet is properly fitted and fastened before riding. It is also important to wear knee pads and elbow pads to protect against serious injury if your child should fall. Wrist guards are also recommended for skateboarders.

Trampoline Safety

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Trampolines are a great way to have fun and get some exercise, but they can also be dangerous. Every year, there are approximately 100,000 trampoline-related injuries in the United States. The most common injuries are fractures or dislocations of the bones in the arms or legs. To prevent injury, it is important to have only one person on the trampoline at a time. If more than one person is jumping, they should not be near each other to avoid collision. The edges of the trampoline should be padded, and there should be a net around the perimeter to keep jumpers from falling off.

Yard Work Safety

Summer is a great time to get outside and work on yard projects. However, kids get hurt every year from lawn mowers and other power equipment. To avoid injury, never let children play near or operate these types of machinery. Keep your fingers and hands away from the blades, and wear proper protective gear when using power equipment. If you are working with chemicals, such as pesticides or herbicides, be sure to read the labels carefully and follow the directions. Store all chemicals in a safe place where children cannot reach them.

The summer months are a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your family. By following these safety tips, you can help ensure that everyone has a fun and safe summer. Stay cool, hydrated, and protected from the sun. Be cautious around water and never leave children unattended. Wear helmets and protective gear when participating in outdoor activities. And finally, be aware of potential hazards when working around the house or yard. By following these simple tips, you can help make this summer a safe one for your whole family.

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