Those things that we love about spring and summer can also present dangers. Help children have fun while staying safe with these tips from board-certified pediatrician Tia Ragland Medley, MD, FAAP.
Avoid direct sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and wear protective clothing (long sleeves and pants), sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen (with an SPF of at least 15-30) 15-30 minutes before going out, and be sure to reapply often. Drink plenty of water and seek shade and medical attention if you feel faint or dizzy.
Wear protective clothing (tuck pants into socks), use insect repellent, and check for ticks after being outside. Stay on paths and recognize ‘leaves of three’ to avoid poison ivy.
Wear a properly fitting helmet when using a bicycle, skates or anything with wheels.
Wear properly fitting life vests when boating, and have an adult within arm’s length while swimming.
Stay on sidewalks, look both ways before crossing streets, and don’t run out in the street to retrieve a ball. Be Ready Despite best intentions, accidents do happen. Always keep a list of emergency phone numbers on hand and have a first aid kit at home and in your car.