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Summer Safety Tips for Kids

By Lana Bandoim

Whether they are chasing each other in the yard or building a fort in the living room, kids love summer. However, they often forget about safety during the warmer months. The heat seems to melt away their knowledge of staying safe. Consider the following tips to make summer fun and healthy.

Plant Safety

Poisonous plants such as poison ivy or sumac can be dangerous during the summer. Teach kids to recognize and avoid these plants. Also, be prepared to treat the rashes and other problems that can develop from touching the plants. Keep a stash of antihistamines and hydrocortisone creams at home or in a travel bag, so you will be ready to help.

Bee Safety

Some children are allergic to bee stings, and others simply want to avoid the pain. Do not let your kids wear perfume or heavy fragrances in areas with many bees. Also, avoid wearing clothes with flower patterns because they can attract bees. Sweet food and beverages can also draw bees, so you want to limit using these items outside. Make sure antihistamines and epinephrine pens are available for children with allergies.

Water Safety

Children should always be supervised at a pool. Do not let them swim alone and make sure they use flotation devices and life jackets. Drowning is one of the most common causes of death in young children. It is important to teach kids how to swim, but they still need to be monitored. Pools should have fences and barriers that prevent kids from falling in.

Food Safety

The risk of food poisoning can increase in the summer. Food spoils quickly in the heat, and ice melts too fast to keep it safe. Make sure food is kept at the correct temperature and do not leave it out in the sun. Cold food should stay at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Use a thermometer to check the temperature before serving a delicious meal that leaves people in the hospital.

Sun Safety

Everyone should wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. Kids can overheat easily as they play sports or chase pets in the yard. Pay attention to the temperature and make sure they are not playing outside in extreme heat. Make sure they wear lightweight and loose clothes that are appropriate for the weather.

Pay attention to these tips to keep kids safe during the summer. They can still have fun and avoid hospitals.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peachtree City, Ga.

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