Summer Safety for Kids

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Safe Kids USA Study Finds Summer Months Dangerous

A Safe Kids USA Study found that 42 percent of accidental deaths in children occur during the summer.

For children ages 10 to 14, the number of accidental deaths increases by 14 percent during summer months.

Certain types of injuries also are common during the summer months.

However, we also need to be concerned about;

  • Sun and heat exposure,
  • Insect bites and stings,
  • Other types of playground injuries.

The best way to keep your kids safe is to supervise them.

So, while it may be inconvenient, don’t take your eyes off of them for a moment, especially younger children, and especially while involved in a potentially hazardous activity.

American Academy of Pediatrics Tips Keeping Kids Safe

As we begin summer session, I wanted to share some information I found on the American Academy of Pediatrics website about keeping our kids safe.

Along with the memories of family trips and outings, summertime brings challenges and dangers for us to overcome in keeping our kids safe.  We hope you and your children have a safe, fun filled summer!

Fun In The Sun Babies Under 6 Months

The two main recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, and dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn.

However when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) to small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. If an infant gets sunburn, apply cold compresses to the affected area.

For All Other Children

  • The first, and best, line of defense against the sun is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of ultraviolet rays), and cotton clothing with a tight weave.
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater that protects against UVB and UVA rays.
  • Be sure to apply enough sunscreen – about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use extra caution near water and sand (and even snow!) as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.

In my next post I will continue with;

  • Heat stress in exercising children,
  • Bug Safety
  • Playground safety.

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