With summer officially here, there are a few safety tips that we need to keep in mind.  When it comes to our kids, we can’t afford not to keep their safety in mind. With stuff like heat exhaustion and things like that in the game now, we need to protect our little ones.

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Summer Tip #1:  Protect Kids in the Sun

– Do your best to stay out of the sun between 10 am and 4 pm.  Thats when the sun is at its hottest.  If they have to be outside, make sure they have hats, sunglasses and sunscreen on.

Summer Tip #2:  Keep Kids Cool

– When the tempuratures rise, heat exhaustion is a concern.  The signs of heat exhaustion are fatigue, extreme thirst, and muscle cramping.  You need to make sure they cool down and ensure there is lots of water around, (sugary drinks like pop and the sort are not recommended).

Summer Tip #3:  Be Careful in Water

Friends Swimming Underwater in Backyard Pool --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

– As unfortunate as it is, kids drowning is a leading cause of accidental child death.  Nothing wrong with taking your kids swimming, just keep them close and don’t get distracted. Be prepared to act fast and help them if something goes wrong in the water.

Summer Tip #4:  Protect Against Burns

– Almost half of all accidental burns in the summer will happen to kids under the age of four.  So don’t leave your child unattended near bushy areas or even near stoves and such if you’re cooking.

Summer Tip #5:  Stay Away From Poisonous Plant

– Poison oak grows only as a shrub, usually in the western areas. Poison sumac is a tall shrub or small tree found in wooded eastern areas.  So be careful in the woodsy areas.

Summer Tip #6:  By-pass Bug Bites

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– When you and your kids are outsides, make sure your kids are using lightweight clothing and use mosquito netting over strollers and infant seats.  Make sure to keep checking your kids for ticks if they spend time outside.  Deet sprays are safe for kids if its under 30%, but not for infants under 3 months.

Summer Tip #7:  Avoid Swimmers Ear

– Swimmers ear is an infection of the outer ear canal, and pain is its earliest symptom. As it progresses, you might see drainage from your child’s ear and extreme tenderness when their earlobe or the outer part of the ear is pulled on. Because swimmer’s ear is caused by germs that invade the ear canal due to excess moisture, dry the outside part of the ears after water play.

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Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.