For much of the country, the weather has begun to change and warm up so that children are starting to play outside more often. We all know the importance of spending time being active, and there is no better place for this than the outdoors. For parents, this means having a new set of safety rules. By taking the necessary precautions, you and your children can have a safe and fun time outdoors.
Children can become dehydrated more easily than adults because their bodies are not as efficient at cooling down. While spending time outdoors in the heat, your child needs to drink plenty of fluids to replace those that are being lost through sweating. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children drink six glasses of water on an average day. Here are some helpful tips:
Skin damage caused by the sun’s rays is also a safety concern. Most of the sun’s rays go through the clouds, so it is important to wear sunscreen even on cloudy or hazy days. Keep these tips in mind:
Bikes, skateboards, and scooters will be in use, making helmet safety a concern. Remember:
Remember to pack a bag for summer travel. Even short trips may require you to be prepared with any of the following items:
While this list may seem a bit overwhelming, it only takes a little preparation. The memories that you make with your child will be worth a few bumps and bug bites along the way.