Spring is here! The time of year when kids are chomping at the bit to get outside. After being cloistered in the house on and off for months, now they are looking forward to spending hours outside in the spring weather. With all that future fun on the horizon, it might also be time for a spring health & safety guide for parents.
Climate Change & Wildfires: Why Kids are Most at Risk
Ah, the Warm Sun
It feels spectacular for both parents and kids to finally feel the warm sun on their faces. Your kids have been craving it; you too. Just because it’s not the scorching heat of August
doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be putting broad spectrum sunscreen on your kids. Yes, the sun provides Vitamin D, but the kids should still be wearing sunscreen even on cloudy days.
Be sure to reapply if they will be out in the sunshine for long periods.
Break Out the Bikes
Don’t forget the scooters and rollerblades. Make it a point to discuss bike safety, and impress upon your kids the need for helmets. Replace any old or damaged helmets with new ones, and check the fit.
The Creepy Crawlies Are Back Too
Yes, all those insects both flying and creeping are also enjoying the spring weather. Bug sprays are the most efficient way to keep your kids safe. Read labels and pick those with less than 30% DEET. Here are some additional tips.
If your child has trouble breathing or begins to swell, vomit, or feel faint after a bug bite, contact Elmwood Pediatrics (or 911 when appropriate for serious allergic reactions) as soon as possible.
Manners on the Playground
Manners are kind and promote safety. Remind your kiddos about:
- Waiting to take their turn
- Going down a slide feet first
- Paying attention and holding on to railings
- Not to take unnecessary risks or show off
You can do your part by checking the equipment for strength, durability, and hazards.
Allergies May Need Treatment
Your child can develop allergies when they were never bothered before. If you notice sneezing, runny nose, and/or itchy and watery eyes, your child may need to take allergy medication, and decrease time outside in peak pollen hours. When inside – close the windows and run the air conditioner to decrease allergy symptoms.
Contact Elmwood Pediatrics if you want to have them evaluated.
For Parents: Pay Attention
A spring health & safety guide should include one more tip. Springtime brings everyone out to enjoy the warm weather. That includes kids, dogs, bikes left on the side of the road, or balls rolling down the street. All these and more can pop out at you while you are driving. Pay particular attention and maybe drive just a bit slower.
Keep springtime safe and your children healthy during a fun time of the year.
Contact Elmwood Pediatrics at (585) 244-9720 with any questions, concerns, injuries, or illnesses during this spring.