Summer Safety Tips for Kids: Keeping your Toddler Safe this Summer

July 23, 2020

One of the things young kids look forward to each year is summertime! For them, summer means adventure, fun, freedom, and of course, more time for play. It is during this season that children have the opportunity to go to camp, engage in fun activities, and spend more days at the beach or pool! While most of us share a love for summer, it’s important that parents ensure their kids’ safety while giving them the freedom to explore and make the most of their summer vacation. Learn how to keep your child safe from harm with these summer safety tips for kids!

Keep an eye on children during swim time

Summer isn’t summer without some fun in the water. Whether it’s swimming at the beach or in a pool, or enjoying backyard sprinklers, water fun is something many kids  look forward to. While it’s fun to enjoy water play, parents need to be aware that drowning is one of the leading causes of accidents in young kids. Therefore, it’s imperative to keep a watchful eye on them while they’re having fun in the water. Stay close by or at least stay within an arm’s reach when you swim in a lake, in the pool, or at the beach. Children can drown in just a few inches of water, and it can take just a few seconds for a drowning tragedy to occur.

Furthermore, be careful about relying too heavily on inflatables when it comes to water safety. As you keep an eye on kids near the water, try to steer clear of distractions . It’s easy to become engrossed in a book or scrolling on your mobile phone. Adult supervision is a must when it comes to your child’s safety. You may also want to consider enrolling your child in swimming lessons for an added layer of safety.

Ensure safety in the car

Car accidents are inevitable. As much as we may hate to admit it, traffic-related accidents are one of the top causes of serious injuries and even death for both children and adults. This is why safety is paramount when traveling by car, especially if you have kids in the car.

If you’re planning to take a family road trip this summer, make sure your child is properly and securely fitted in a car seat. Never leave children unattended in the car, even if you’re just stopping by a store quickly to grab some food. Also make sure you and your children  make stops periodically for food,water, and bathroom breaks, especially when you’re traveling for several hours.

Keep your child’s skin protected from the sun

Summer isn’t complete without outdoor activities. Make sure your little one is protected from harmful UV rays of the sun by applying sunscreen each time he or she is about to engage in any type of outdoor activity. Children don’t have to be soaking at the beach or in the pool to get too much sun. They can get sunburns from prolonged exposure from the sun. Besides sunscreen, you can also keep yourself and children protected by keeping their skin covered. Whenever possible, have your child wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt. It’s also best to avoid outdoor activities during peak sunshine hours. Not only do the sun’s UV rays cause painful sunburns, they also increase the risk for skin cancer later in life. 

Stay hydrated

Rising temperatures can make children more prone to dehydration. Encourage your child to increase their fluid intake, especially that of water. This is especially important if children are sweating frequently or if they’re spending more time outdoors. If your child is between the ages of one and eight  years old, the recommended amount of water intake is at least 4 cups per day. 

Follow safety precautions during outdoor play

Minor wounds and skinned knees or elbows are all a normal part of summer fun. However, it’s important to make sure your little one doesn’t incur serious injuries. This is why safety precautions should be taken. Supervise children closely when playing at the playground or even if they’re running around outside your house. Ensure that your child wears a helmet when riding a bicycle or scooter, and have a first aid kid always handy. 

Summertime is an exciting time for kids. Help them make the most of their summer while staying safe by following these summer safety tips!

For more helpful tips on parenting, or if you’re looking for the best childcare for your little one, please visit Everley Rose Center. 

 

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