It’s been a long year – and everyone is itching to get outside for summer fun in the sun. But even on cloudy days, sunscreen is essential for children older than six months. When choosing sunscreen, look for two criteria: an SPF of at least 15, and a broad-spectrum label that offers both UVB and UVA protection. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outdoors and remember to reapply every two hours and after swimming. Infants under six months should be kept out of direct sunlight or covered in protective clothing. If you have questions about sun safety, we’re here to help.
Do you know the three main categories of heat-related illness? Heat cramps are the earliest symptoms and occur due to dehydration. These are associated with painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in the legs, arms or abdomen. Heat exhaustion occurs when your child experiences dizziness, weakness, or cool, clammy skin despite the heat. Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat-related illness and is considered a medical emergency. Signs of heat stroke include a dangerously high body temperature, confusion, rapid breathing, and seizure. Please call 9-1-1 if you suspect heatstroke. We’re here to keep your family safe and healthy this summer.
Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between one and four years old. Did you know that a young child can drown in less than two inches of water? Never leave a child alone around open water – even inflatable pools, sinks, toilets, bathtubs and buckets. Consider formal swimming lessons, learn CPR, and install a fence around all sides of the pool with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Have a designated water watcher to supervise children with no distractions. For more summer safety tips, please follow our Facebook page.
Need some summer rut busters? Try a nature walk to get your children moving! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 60 minutes of physical activity each day for children ages six and older. Plant a family garden. Learn a new boardgame. Build an obstacle course in the backyard. Fly a kite. Have a water balloon baseball game. Enjoy a picnic at a local park. Try backyard stargazing. Make a birdfeeder! Summer is a great time to expand your child’s learning beyond four walls. We wish you and your family a healthy and happy summer.