Warmer weather is here and children want to spend more time outdoors. However warm weather also brings with it certain dangers. Keep these tips in mind this summer to help your child stay safe.
As children spend more time in the sun, sunscreen becomes very important. For infants less than 6 months of age, it is best to limit direct exposure to the sun through umbrellas, hats, using light clothing that covers the skin and remaining indoors while the sun is at its peak.
For children six months and older, sunscreen with an SPF 15 that protects against UVA and UVB rays is recommended. Remember to have your child reapply frequently, particularly when swimming, since water and sweat exposure will cause the sunscreen to wear off over time.
In the warmer months, mosquitos and other insects begin to emerge. Children two months and older should use an insect repellant when outdoors during the summer. There are many DEET products, as well as DEET-free products to choose from. When using insect repellant, check the bottle to see how often the product needs to be reapplied, as this can vary.
While fun, a pool can also be dangerous. If you have a pool at your home, it should be surrounded by at least a four foot tall fence. Keep this fence closed and locked when not in use to protect not only your children, but also other children in the neighborhood who may think it would be fun to take an unsupervised splash. When swimming, you should never leave your child unattended in the pool, even if they can swim. If your child can't swim, swimming lessons are recommended.
Children riding bicycles, scooters, skates and other wheeled toys should wear proper safety gear. For all, a helmet is a necessity. For toys other than a bicycle, a helmet in addition to knee and elbow pads is a good idea. These will help protect from skinned knees and arms and head injuries that could occur with falls.
Summer is a great time to get out and have fun with your child, and even though it does have its dangers, risks can be reduced with these tips. If you have any questions about your child's health or think they need to see a physician concerning a summer injury, call a Lexington Clinic pediatrician today. For help finding a pediatrician call 859.258.4DOC or visit LexingtonClinic.com/peds.