With the right tools and preparation, summertime can be a relaxing and safe time for you and your family. Here are tips and tricks for avoiding the summer dangers your child may come across…

Prevent Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and confusion. If you suspect your child may be suffering from it, have him stop all physical activity, lie down in a cool place, and drink fluids. Seek medical care if the symptoms don’t stop quickly or your child’s body temperature is high.

Sun Protection

Dress baby in a hat, sunglasses, and clothing made with a tight weave. For babies 6 months and older, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (SPF 30 and higher is even better) that offers both UVA and UVB protection. For babies younger than 6 months, if adequate shade isn’t available, put sunscreen in small amounts on exposed surfaces of skin. Always apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside – even on cloudy days – and reapply it every two hours.

Banish Bugs

Prevent mosquito bites by keeping kids away from bodies of stagnant water, applying an insect repellent and having children stay indoors in the early-morning and early-evening hours, when the pesky insects are most abundant.

Use Caution In Water

Sadly, drowning is among the leading causes of accidental death in children. If you want them to play in water, supervise them within arm’s reach, even in shallow water.

Drink Up

Dehydration can occur in kids who are extremely active. During exercise, depending on their size and weigh, kids are encouraged to drink between four and ten ounces of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes. For children exercising more than 45 minutes, a sports drink (not an energy drink) with 6 to 8 per cent carbohydrates and electrolytes will help maintain balanced energy levels.

Be Prepared

What better time to stock a first-aid kit than at the start of the summer season, when many accidents occur? While you can’t prevent all accidents, you can be prepared.