Your children’s safety over the summer holidays..
Now that the summer holidays are here and your children will be at the park, beach or even around the house, As parents we are of course cautious for our children’s safety due to the possible dangers that they can get themselves into during the holidays!
The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that every year, one in four kids ages 14 and younger will sustain an injury that requires medical attention. 40% of all injury-related emergency room visits and 42% of all injury deaths happen between May and August, they report, but it’s not all bad news. We can keep kids free from about 90% of these accidents by educating ourselves and our kids on how to stay safe while still enjoying summer vacation.
Summer Safety Tips for Kids
Bites & Stings
Planning to spend time outside means planning to spray yourself and your kids with insect repellent — repellents don’t kill insects, but they can help reduce bites from mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other bothersome bugs.
They don’t hang those “No running!” signs poolside for decoration. According to Safe-kids, in 2006 more than 3,700 kids younger than 5 years old were injured in near-drowning incidents, and every year, more than 830 kids ages 14 and younger die due to unintentional drowning.
It should go without saying but we’ll say it anyway: Never leave kids alone near the pool, no matter what their ages or swim capabilities are!
More than 205,000 kids visit emergency rooms with playground-related injuries every year, estimates the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Many of these injuries could be prevented with a little precaution and adult supervision.
Whether or not you wore a helmet while riding your bike as a child, it’s a must for kids these days. Nearly 300,000 kids make a visit to the emergency room every year with bike-related injuries, some resulting in death or severe brain injury. Wearing a helmet can help reduce your child’s risk of making such a visit.
Symptoms of a poison ivy rash may include:
- Itchy skin
- Redness or red streaks
- Small bumps or hives
- Blisters that drain fluid when popped
Summertime offers so many gorgeous days for picnicking and cookouts. But don’t let the heat ruin your outing — food-borne illnesses are caused by bacteria (such as E.coli, Salmonella, Clostridium botulinum, Listeria, Campylobacter and Clostridium perfringens), viruses (such as Norwalk virus), parasites and other toxins.
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Did you know that if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already mildly dehydrated? Relying on thirst as a reminder to take a drink leaves you at risk for dehydration. So to be sure your kids are OK, look for these other signs, instead, which can indicate that a child is dehydrated:
- Dry mouth
- Cessation of sweating
- Dark yellow urine
- Anuria (lack of urine) for 12 hours (or 6 hours for infants)
- Tear-less crying
- Sunken eyes
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, getting one blistering sunburn when you’re a kid doubles your chances of developing melanoma.
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Published by Jason Finch