Five Summer Safety Tips for Kids

It’s summer and the kids are out of school. There are a few areas to cover to ensure that your children have a fun, safe summer!

1. Pool Safety

It seems like common sense, but never leave kids unattended at the pool, regardless of the child’s age and swim capabilities. By watching your kids at the pool, you can prevent 50 to 90 percent of accidental drowning incidents.

2. Playground Safety

More than 250,000 kids visit emergency rooms with injuries from the playground each year. Most of these injuries can be prevented by checking the playground equipment beforehand, making sure the ground is covered in a protective surface and dressing your child in playground-friendly attire.

3. Helmet Safety

Make sure your child wears a helmet that fits appropriately while riding bicycles, scooters, skates, roller blades and skateboards. To set a good example for your kids, make sure you wear a helmet too!

4. Sun Safety

It’s important for kids to get out and stay active during the summer months, but make sure they stay in the shade when possible! If it’s not possible to stay in the shade, look for products with UVA and UVB protection, and products with an SPF of at least 15.

5. Dehydration Safety

Be sure to provide plenty of fluids before your children go outside in the heat and after they come inside! Don’t wait until your children ask for a drink because that means they are already dehydrated. Seek medical attention immediately when any signs of heat-related illness occur.

Consult your pediatrician at Elmwood Pediatrics today for more summer safety tips.

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