5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer
posted by The Live Better Team | June 14, 2016
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Apply only enough insect repellent to cover your child’s clothing and exposed skin.
Spray repellent on your hands and then rub it on your child’s face.
Wash your children’s skin with soap and water to remove repellent when they return indoors, and launder their clothing.
Check your children’s skin and clothing for ticks, and shower them within 2 hours of coming indoors.
Choose a water-resistant or waterproof sunscreen made for children that offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays with a sun protection factor (SPF) value of 30 or higher.
Apply liberally 30 minutes before sun exposure so it has time to absorb into your child’s skin.
Reapply every two hours and after kids swim or sweat.
Use zinc oxide on the nose, cheeks and tops of the ears.
If your child gets a sunburn that results in blistering, pain or fever, contact your family doctor
Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight, dressed in cool, comfortable clothing and wearing hats with brims.
Watch children at all times when in or near water. Children may drown in only an inch or two of water.
Don’t use your cell phone or laptop when supervising children near water. Even distractions like chatting with other parents can take your eyes off your children.
Refresh your Infant Child CPR certification every year.
Never swim alone.
Dive off the diving board, never the side of the pool, and only in 12 feet or more of water.
Always wear a Coast-Guard-approved life jacket on a boat.
Swim parallel to the shore if caught in an ocean rip current and then swim diagonally back to shore when the water stops pulling them.
Stop swimming as soon as they see or hear an electrical storm.
Don’t approach unfamiliar dogs without the owner’s permission.
Always let a dog sniff you before petting it.
Never scream at or run from a dog.
Do not disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, injured or caring for puppies.
Avoid hugging, kissing or any activity that puts your face close to the dog’s face.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.