Children are always out for a great adventure especially when they’re in a new environment. Whether you’re taking the young ones to the beach, the forest or up in the mountains, it will help to practice a few precautions to keep them safe from the elements and guarantee a good time.
Basic Sun Protection
- Sunblock. Apply sunblock on your kids, preferably with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunblock will protect kids from UV or ultraviolet rays and prevent painful sunburn afterwards. Be sure to reapply after every 2 to 3 hours especially when the sun is high and they’re out on the beach for a long time.
- Umbrella. A huge beach umbrella will further prevent sunburn and keep kids safe from UV radiation. Look for an umbrella with dark shades to deflect sunlight effectively. Always use it at noon when the sun is hottest.
- Stay indoors. Babies that are under 6 months old should be placed inside the house to completely avoid sun exposure. When traveling in cars with babies, be sure to apply mild sunblock since UVA rays can still penetrate through the car windows. Be careful about applying too much sunblock or using very potent creams since these can lead to allergies.
- Proper timing. Children should be advised to never go out in the sun after 11 a.m. and before 3 p.m. During these times, the sun is at its hottest and can lead to a variety of problems like sunburn, dehydration and other skin problems. Keep children indoors or under a beach umbrella during these times.
- Preventing dehydration. Keep children well-hydrated especially when going to warm places like the beach. Have them drink ice cold water every 30 minutes. Also, provide a fan and light clothing to children and babies staying indoors. Keep children out of the intense sun during the afternoon.
- Swimming safety. Supervise children when swimming in the sea or in pools. Never leave them unattended and provide floaters to those who do not know how to swim. Only allow children to dip or swim in pools of the right depth. Teach children how to call for help and learn basic CPR.
- Boating safety. When traveling on boats, make sure that children are wearing life jackets. They should also steer clear of moving objects and boat parts that might ram into them. Keep children at the center of the vessel and bring medications for children who need these regularly.
- Swimming at sea. Children should have an adult buddy when swimming in the open sea. Read warning signs and watch out for floating or underwater objects. The child should always be within an arm’s reach to keep them from going too deep into the water. Also, teach children how to call for help and how to respond if they experience problems like cramping.
- Insect protection. Apply insect repellents on your kids to protect them from mosquito bites as well as ticks, fleas and other annoying bugs and insects. Check the amount of DEET in products first. Some kids can only tolerate minimal amounts of DEET so it should be used sparingly.
- Playground safety. Supervise children at playgrounds since many experience trips, falls and head injuries from slides and swings. Also tell them to avoid horseplay and to watch out for moving items and equipment. Other possible problems include burns, scratches and strangulation. Have an adult watch over the kids at all times.
More Child Safety Tips
Riding safety. When kids try using a bicycle or skateboard, have them wear protective gear to prevent fractures and other types of trauma. A helmet, knee guards, chin guard and elbow pads will help a lot. It will also be helpful to guide them when they’re still learning how to use these.