Help Your Kids Avoid The ER This Summer

Kids have a great time during the summer. The favorable weather allows them to spend more time outside. However, outdoor activities can expose them to risks. They may also sustain injuries while enjoying indoor activities. Parents need to be extra careful during this season to avoid accidents.

Since your children are on vacation during this much loved season, they will have time for fun. You have to keep your kids safe, while they enjoy themselves during the summer. The following summer safety tips will help you to protect your kids and allow them to enjoy the nice weather.

  1. Prevent falls

Statistics show that the emergency units in health facilities treat more kids for injuries resulting from falls during summer. Falls can lead to concussion, a traumatic brain injury that disrupts its functioning. Kids may fall indoors or while at the playground. Monitor your children’s activities. Make sure that likely fall hazards, such playground equipment and stairs are safe.

 

Ensure that the ground beneath the playground equipment is safe. Soft surfaces are preferable for playgrounds. A 9-inch layer of wood chips on the surface of playgrounds will help absorb the impact of falls.

 

  1. Water safety

Children may die from accidental drowning or sustain serious injuries from near-drowning incidents. Carefully watch your children when they are near or in the water as drowning can occur silently and in a twinkle of an eye. Make sure they wear well fitted and comfortable life jackets while swimming or playing near water. Allow them to swim only under the supervision of an experienced swimmer or lifeguard. Also, avoid distractions while watching kids in the water.

 

You can improve child safety by restricting access to the pool. A fence not less than four feet high around the pool with a self-latch will prevent kids from getting to the water unnoticed. Besides, knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is crucial.

 

  1. Protection against sun and heat

Kids may experience heat stroke if they stay under direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Such a situation can increase their body temperature and lead to dehydration. Prevention of heat-related illness is an important summer safety tip. Dress your kids in light-colored wears that cover their skin, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to protect them from the harmful rays of the sun. Besides, never leave them in locked cars.

 

It is better to engage in outdoor activities in the mornings and evenings. Allow your kids to cool showers during periods of extreme heat waves. Also, make sure your children increase their water intake to avoid dehydration.

 

  1. Be wary of strangers

An essential baby safety tip during summer is to prevent infants from getting lost. Besides, kids may wander off during outdoor activities especially if they meet other children or want to explore an object or activity out of interest. Never leave them or allow them to go anywhere with strangers.

 

  1. Bites and Stings

The hot weather favors bugs. However, bites and stings of other insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, bees, and wasps or even snakes may lead to health issues. You can use insecticides and repellents to prevent kids from their bites and stings. Also, make sure that your children wear long clothing that covers their bodies when outdoors.

Summer is a great fun time. However, keeping your kids safe will allow you to fully enjoy the season. Make sure their foods are hygienically prepared and served to avoid food poison and observe other child safety tips.

WARNING! Dad’s Only Advice for Dad’s from Dad’s

We asked 3 dad’s these daddy questions in celebration of Father’s Day.  Their answers are hilarious!

  1. How many kiddos do you have? Age?
  2. What is your favorite part about being a Dad?
  3. What is the funniest thing your child has either done or said?
  4. Things no one told you about being a Dad, but you wish they had?
  5. What advice would you give to new or expecting Dads?

 

Vincent Jackson – http://www.jacksoninaction83.org/

  1. I have four kids – Carter Action (5 yr old boy), Amaya Rae (4 yr old girl), Dominick Danger (2 yr old boy), and Miles Major (7 month old boy)

    2. I love being able to witness their development, exploration, curiosity. And, of course, their unconditional love is ever present!

    3. All of my kids have had their quotable moments, tough to choose just one. My favorite current sayings:

    2 yr old Dom: Calling Miles “Meatbaaall” (I started the nickname, he’s a big boy)

    4 yr old Amaya: “I love you inside and outside”

    5 yr old Carter: “I haven’t yawned dad, I’m not even tired” (as he is nodding off)

     4. Nothing I wasn’t really told, but the reality of first hand experience is real!! It has gone twice as fast as I expected and it is twice as hard as I expected. The love I feel is 1000 times as strong as I envisioned. Being a dad is a beautiful gift.

    5. Create routines. Routines become communication and learning experiences that will

become memories and strengthen bonds.

Jeremy Greene – Instagram @realjeremygreene

   1. 1 child. 5 months old

   2. Playing & laughing with my daughter. Her smile is the greatest thing ever.

   3.  Barfed in my mouth.

   4. The horror of watching child birth because of potential complications. My wife had a smooth labor but hemorrhaged after.

   5. Cherish every single moment. They grow up so fast.

Lewis Bass – www.linkedin.com/in/basslewis/

  1. 3 daughters, 17, 19, 27 and 2 grandsons 2, 4
  2. When I watch my grandkids cause their mother to say things I would say to her.  PAYBACK 😊
  3. One of them was 16 and had a party when I was out of town.  Though I had warned her before I left. So the police called me at midnight.  When I got home she was freaking out thinking I was going to kick her out.
  4. No matter what you do, they will rebel against you.  Raise them so they have the ability to take care of themselves when they move out and never move back in.
  5. Do the best you can.  Just because your parents did something a certain way doesn’t mean you have to do it that way.  Once you think you mastered parenting, the kids change and you are back to knowing nothing.