While most parents mostly feel worried about the safety and well-being of their kids, the fact of the matter is that this anxiety shoots up when the summer season starts. Summer season brings with it a number of hazards such as scorching sun, mosquito bites and swimming hazards. Studies suggest that the number of injuries to children increase considerably during summer season and in many cases, most of these injuries lead to deaths. However, by educating our children about common summer safety tips and home remedies can greatly reduce this threat.
Use Insect Repellents
Most families start making vacation plans for outdoor locations as soon as summer season arrives. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going out in summer but parents do need to bear in mind that the threat of insect bites and stings also exists. Using insect repellants is a must so that your kids can play outdoors without having the fear of betting stung by bees or other insects. However, parents need to realize that using repellents on infants especially the ones that contain DEET can be very dangerous. In order to stay safe, you need to use insect repellents approved by medical governing bodies. In addition, parents can also make sure that their kids only wear bright clothing so that any crawling insects can be quickly detected.
It always helps in scorching heat to cool off heat with your kids in a swimming pool, but it is inviting grave danger to let your kids hand out close to the pool alone. Statistics suggest that a high number of kids not older than five have received severe injuries in near-drowning incidents. Therefore, it is of ample importance that parents should be there to supervise the activities of their kids while they are having fun in the swimming pool. In addition, installing pool fence to stop younger kids from falling into water is a very good idea that can save your little one’s life.
Use Sun Screens
Using sun screens is a must for children and adults in summer season because constant exposure to harmful rays of the sun can cause skin cancer. When picking a sun screen product from the market, it is important for parents to look for products that expressly mention that they provide protection from UVA and UVB.
Dehydration is one of the most common problems that arise in summer season and little children are most susceptible to getting dehydrated. It is important for parents to recognize common dehydration symptoms such as dizziness, weight loss, lethargy, mouth dryness, sunken eyes and yellowish urine. It is important for parents to make sure that their kids remain hydrated throughout the day. Usually doctors advise parents to give their kids a drink during summer every 20 minutes.
Avoid Food Poisoning
Kids can also be very vulnerable to becoming food poisoned in summer season. Diseases such as diarrhea can stem out of food poisoning to further complicate the problem by causing dehydration. Therefore, it is important for parents to make sure that all fruits are carefully washed before they are consumed. It is also important not to keep certain food items on room temperature for too long.