Summer Safety for Kids

Summer Safety for Kids

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With springtime in full swing, you likely have your kids out an about. Going to the park, playing outside or taking them to the zoo or park. Here are some safety items you should carry with you no matter where you are to ensure they are safe.

Allergies and Allergic Reactions

No matter how much you think you know about your child – one thing you may not know in any circumstance is what they may or may not be allergic to. This time of year is filled with many allergens and dangers to children.

Bee stings can be deadly to small children with severe reactions. If your child is stung by a bee, be sure to remove the stinger as quickly as possible. Every second counts. How fast you get it out is much more important than the method you use to remove it.

Splinters

Another hazard while playing outside that often occurs is splinters. Whether it be from a wooden playset or your child trying to catch the squirrel that just ran up the tree – splinters happen. Instead of trying to pull the splinter out, you can draw it out with a baking soda paste and an oral syringe.

Bumps, Bruises and Scrapes

Be sure to carry an ice pack or anything you can use as one in case of bumps and bruises. Your day out will be much better if you can ease the pain (or even just the idea of pain). Take this along with some bandaids and antiseptic in the event of scrapes or cuts – which will happen at some point.

Kids and Heat

Kids just love to be outside; however, their bodies are not great at removing heat from within. Especially while playing sports outdoors they are at much greater risk for heat illnesses such as heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Be aware of the many warning signs of heat exhaustion and be sure to get them out of the heat before worse conditions occur. Signs of heat exhaustion include a core temperature of 102-103 degrees Fahrenheit, cool and pale skin, profuse sweating, fast breathing or difficulty catching their breath.

They could also complain of a headache, be nauseated or vomit. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms while exposed to heat, get them indoors and cool their body temperature along with plenty of water to rehydrate them.