It’s getting nicer outside after a long, cold winter. Are your kids eager to head outside and play in the sunshine? If so, take a few minutes to read over our Spring safety tips. Remember, a safe kid is a happy kid!
Seasonal allergies can affect anyone, including young children. If your kids suffer from seasonal allergies when the weather changes, you need to take precautions to address this before it gets out of hand. Daily non-drowsy allergy medication is ideal as a preventative, as it can stop allergy symptoms before they start.
When your children get in from playing outside, have them change clothes right away and throw their previous outfits in the washing machine. Make sure you clean their bedsheets and pillowcases regularly during pollen season and keep windows closed to prevent allergens from blowing into your home.
If your kids have severe seasonal allergies, consider investing in air purifiers for your home. These appliances can eliminate allergens from the air and make it easier for your children to catch their breath when they come in from playing outside.
Everyone should wear sunscreen when they go outside. Even if the weather is overcast or chilly, the sun’s rays can still cause sunburn and impact your skin. Wearing sunscreen reduces the likelihood of developing skin cancers from sun exposure and it can also prevent your children from developing sunburns!
Just because you’re not near the pool doesn’t mean you should go without skin protection! Remember to reapply sunscreen every few hours to keep your children healthy and safe. Keep a spare tube of sunscreen on your person and set a timer for regular intervals to remind the kids when it’s time to reapply.
Kids often want to go swimming as soon as the weather starts changing. This isn’t a great idea–the water in pools and streams doesn’t warm up as fast as the air does. Water takes much longer to reach comfortable temperatures, so it’s best to avoid swimming in outdoor pools and lakes early in the spring season.
If your kids are eager to swim, take them to an indoor pool that is properly heated. Taking a dip in a stream or lake is fun in the summertime, but it can be dangerous in the spring. Children can develop hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold water, even if the temperature outside is mild and pleasant.