Summer Safety Tips for Kids
By Dr. Steven Griffin, Pediatrician, Holy Rosary Healthcare
Summer brings a number of safety challenges for young outdoor adventurers, not to mention for concerned parents. As a pediatrician, I wanted to share a few easy ways to keep your kids safe this season.
In the water. Start them early! It’s never too soon to sign up for swim lessons. Always keep a close eye on kids at the pool, lake or ocean, and insist on life jackets when you’re on a boat. If your child is having trouble breathing during or after water activities please take them to your nearest emergency department. It is also important to brush up on your CPR skills in the case of an emergency.
In the sun. Powerful sun rays can cause burns in a matter of minutes, even on a cloudy day. Liberally apply a high-SPF sunscreen 30 minutes before any outdoor activity, and don't forget hats and sunglasses. Also, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen if you are planning to spend several hours outside to maintain the protection.
In the woods. If it’s too warm to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, spray kids down with insect repellent before spending time in the woods. Avoid using sweet-smelling soaps, perfumes, or lotions that can tempt bees and wasps. If your child has a life-threatening allergy to stings, don’t leave home without a pre-filled epinephrine injector.
In the car. On hot days, temperatures inside a closed car can quickly reach deadly levels. Never leave kids alone in a vehicle, even for a short errand, and double-check the backseat every time you exit.
On the bike. Gear up for safety by outfitting your child with a properly sized bike helmet. If they’re cycling alone or with a friend, know their route and check in with them during the ride.
Please join us for an evening of family fun at Holy Rosary Healthcare’s Kids Summer Kickoff. This event is to celebrate Holy Rosary Healthcare’s long-standing commitment to keeping care close to home for children in our region. You will have the chance to meet me and the other providers that make this incredible care possible. We will have fun for the whole family, including bounce houses for all ages, health and safety booths, face painting, games, prizes and more. The community event will take place on the East Lawn at Holy Rosary Healthcare on Thursday, June 16 at 4 - 7 pm.