Monday, June 2, 2014

4 Ways to Keep Kids Safe This Summer

Summer vacation means that the kids will have more time to play, but it can also mean that they will have more opportunities to hurt themselves. However, you may be able to keep them out of urgent care if you follow these simple tips.

#1: Be Safe in the Water

Summer is the best time to go swimming in the pool or play in the ocean or lake. Most of the time, kids can survive these outings without incident, but they can have serious accidents in these environments. One way to ensure their safety is to keep a close eye on them, but it would also be very helpful to know that there is a lifeguard on duty. When your kids are sailing or engaging in water sports, make sure that they are wearing life jackets no matter how much they protest.

#2: Beware of the Heat

Young children under the age of five are susceptible to contracting heat-related illnesses. Some of the symptoms of these conditions include fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath and dizziness. However, you can prevent these symptoms from presenting themselves by making sure that your kids are drinking fluids even if they say that they aren’t thirsty. When you feel that it is necessary, have the kids come inside for a time to cool off. Don’t forget to have them re-apply sunscreen before they return to the fun of the outdoors.

#3: Follow the Rules of Bicycle Safety

Summer is a great time for people to take adventures on their bicycles, but bicycle riding is another activity that can cause serious injuries. If you are prepared, you don’t have to worry that the day you planned to ride on the bike trails will end at urgent care. In some states, bicycle helmets are required for children, so make sure that your kids have theirs on before you set out to ride. These helmets will help protect them from injury if they are involved in a collision. You can increase the chances that drivers will see you and your kids in the daytime if you wear fluorescent clothing. You can even add lights to the front or the back of your bicycles that will signal your presence to others in the dark.

#4: Prevent Dog Bites

Now that children are going to be outside more often, they are likely to come in contact with many canines. Since one in five dog bites requires medical attention, it will be a good idea to teach your children how to prevent them. Tell the kids that they must not go near a dog that they do not know. If they encounter an unfamiliar dog, tell them not to run or scream. Instead, they should stand very still. If the dog knocks them over, the best thing to do is curl into a ball and be very still. If they come across a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for its young, they must not disturb it. However, there are times when they can engage with a dog. Just inform them that they must let the dog sniff their hands before petting the animal.