Summer is here, school is out and the kids are ready to play!When the sun comes out, area hospitals typically see a rise in ER visits for bicycle and skateboard accidents, bug bites, broken bones, water-related injuries and heatstroke, so it's key to be aware of what your children are doing and to keep these tips in mind during the summer days.
Dehydration is one of the most prevalent illnesses during summer months. The heat and sun can quickly cause a person to become severely dehydrated. Avoid sugary juices and soft drinks. Instead keep fresh water or fruit flavored/infused waters on hand at all times, and encourage your children to sip throughout the day.
Know Where Your Children Are at All Times
Summer often means that kids are spending time with neighborhood kids or friends away from your house. Make sure to keep open communication and set boundaries of how far and with whom they can go. Have check-ins at specific times or give them a phone they can have on hand in case you need to get in touch with them quickly.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Even when the clouds or out and it looks overcast, the sun is often hiding. Never send the kids out to play or head outside for any period of time without sunscreen. Just a little burn can do a lot of damage to their skin now and in the future.
Be Aware Around Water
Whether it is your pool, the lake, a beach or the community water park always be aware of your children near water. It only takes a few seconds and less than an inch of water for a drowning to occur.
Prevent Heat Stroke or Sun Stroke
Warmer temperatures and high humidity are a disaster waiting to happen for kids and adults alike. Playing out doors should be limited to early morning and late evening hours when temperatures are at their lowest and the sun is not directly above. Play time should be limited to shorter increments with plenty of cool off time to rehydrate, cool down and let your body adjust to the heat outside.