While every kid loves summer break, parents often don’t quite feel the same. Kids can be a handful, and it’s hard to keep an eye on them all the time when they’re home for summer break. As such, it’s important to impress some safety tips upon your kids before they head outside to play in the summer sun.
Whether the sun is shining or it’s overcast and gloomy, it’s important for kids to wear sunscreen when they’re playing outside. The sun can be intense on your skin even when there’s cloud cover, and no one wants a sunburn. Even kids with darker complexions should wear sunscreen: just because you have naturally dark skin doesn’t mean you’re at a lower risk for skin cancer.
Make sure everyone is applying sunscreen regularly throughout the day. If the kids are swimming, make sure they’re reapplying sunscreen whenever they get out of the water.
Don’t Swim Unattended
Swimming is a fun activity for the hottest part of the year. However, kids should not be left unattended while they’re swimming. Whether they’re swimming in a neighbor’s pool, a nearby natural body of water, or the community pool, they need supervision. With public pools, this is what lifeguards are for. With private pools and natural bodies of water, an adult who can swim needs to remain at least in earshot of the kids in case one of them gets into trouble.
Playing in the sun will make you thirsty. Make sure your kids are getting plenty of water. Try to avoid sugary drinks like sodas, juices, and sports drinks, and stick to water when everyone’s running and playing in the sun. Sugary drinks can be more dehydrating, making them far from ideal on a hot day.
Playing in the sun is a surefire way to get dehydrated for a number of reasons. When you sweat, your body is losing water. Moreover, to keep yourself cool, your body undergoes more chemical reactions in the heat, burning through the water you’ve been drinking more quickly.
Watch for Cars
Playing outside often brings kids running out into the street. Maybe a ball rolls into the neighbor’s yard, or a cute dog is roaming the neighborhood. Make sure your kids know to keep an eye out for cars. Hot days can cause heat haze over asphalt, making it harder for drivers to see pedestrians on the road.
Hopefully, these tips help you and your kids have a great summer break!