It’s summer time – lazy sunny days full of fun and no school! But while your child may not have any worries during these months, there are things for you to remember to keep him safe and healthy.
- LEAVING KIDS IN YOUR CAR is something that can happen by accident. This is NEVER safe, even for a few minutes. It can take just 15 minutes for a child in a hot car to suffer life-threatening injuries. Make sure to always leave your shoe, purse, or cell phone beside the car seat to remind you to take your child inside with you every time!
- Heat stroke or heat exhaustion happen when heat overwhelms the body. Young children are at the highest risk, but it can happen to anyone! Pay attention for weakness, nausea, and rapid pulse. Don’t schedule activities in the middle of the day, and always drink plenty of water
- Sunburn is uncomfortable – but it also increases your risk of skin cancer later in life. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at LEAST 15 with UVA and UVB protection EVERY time you leave the house. And don’t forget to re-apply every 2 hours or after swimming.
Bugs and Ticks
- Protect against West Nile, Lyme Disease, and the Zika Virus – always use an effective insect repellant and check your child for ticks after playing outside.
- The Air Quality Index (AQI) measures pollution and ozone in the air. When the AQI goes from GREEN to YELLOW or ORANGE, people who are sensitive to pollution (such as children with ASTHMA) should restrict their play time outside. On RED days the air is unhealthy and everyone should restrict their time outside.
- Check out AirNow.gov to find out today’s AQI level!
- Never let children swim without an adult present! If possible, restrict swimming to a place with a lifeguard.
- Get certified in CPR.
- Make sure unskilled swimmers stay in shallow water and don’t swim until they are too tired to stay afloat.