The summer season is in full swing. Friends and family are gathering around to enjoy beautiful weather, delicious food, outings, and late night bon fires while enjoying the crisp summer air. As parents we have our hands full juggling life during the summer, whether we are planning beach trips, or staycations, there are always things that parents need to keep in mind when young children are involved.
No matter how you spend this summer, remember that while it is great to have fun, we should always be cautious and keep our kids safe. Here are five summer safety reminders for parents.
Keep kids hydrated. How many times have you asked your child if they have drank water throughout the day? Good, because all that running around and outdoor play is sure to get them dehydrated quickly. Kids do get so preoccupied with having fun that they don’t realize they are thirsty. Check in with them frequently and make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids.
Regularly apply sunscreen. If you have a child less than six months of age, they should not wear sunscreen – just make sure they are wearing protective clothing and a hat. For older kids, don’t forget to spray them or apply sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) throughout the day if they are going to be outside. Many times we forget or don’t think it is necessary, but it is a good precaution, sun burn isn’t fun – especially for the little ones!
Keep those pesky bugs at bay. It is prime time for ticks and mosquitoes so get that bug spray out and spray away! Be careful not to use bug spray that contains DEET on smaller kid, the CDC has a fact sheet that explains good alternatives for younger kids.
Stay away from crowded areas. If you will be traveling to crowded areas this summer, be prepared to have smaller kids strapped in safely in strollers or check peak times for when parks, beaches or attractions get crowded. With smaller kids, it can be harder to keep track of them in large crowds, and instead of sending yourself into panic mode, consider just avoiding it and visiting during less crowded times.
Explain the dangers to your kids. Especially if they are older, they will understand why they must use precaution in order to stay safe. Be open and honest and explain the hazards of crowded areas, and even safety within grilling and bon fire zones. The National Safety Council also has some summer safety reminders that are good to keep in mind.
What summer safety reminders of your own do you have? Share them with us in the comments below!
About the blogger:
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.