The holidays of summer are great times for the family to get together and enjoy some outdoor fun. However, it is important to keep safety in mind and follow your pediatrician’s recommendations so that your kids are able to fully enjoy the festivities. Summertime does pose a few health risks that you should account for while you plan your 4th of July outing. Here are some tips to help you:
- Supervise water-based and motorized activities: When pools, lakes, automobiles, or watercrafts are involved in summer fun, there should always be an adult present to ensure that kids are playing it safe. Never leave children unattended with motorized recreational vehicles or near water.
- Use proper safety gear: Make sure you have helmets, seatbelts, life jackets, and any other necessary safety equipment ready to use, and be sure that your children know how to use this gear properly. Check all bikes or vehicles to ensure they are in good working order before you allow your children to enjoy any activity with them.
- Light fireworks with caution: Burns are common summertime injuries that can often be attributed to poor fire safety when lighting fireworks or sparklers. Never let young children handle fireworks, and supervise older children when they are in use. Only light fireworks in safe, clear areas far from buildings, brush, and other hazards.
- Keep water and other beverages available: Hydration is a top priority during the summer months, especially for children. Always keep a cooler handy with water bottles and juice to give your children the extra water they need to account for the warmer weather outside.
For more summer safety tips and pediatric care in Independence, Kansas, contact Dr. Nan’s Pediatric Solutions at (620) 330-8188. Offering general pediatric services and telemedicine for quick solutions, Dr. Nan Nuessle can help your child stay healthy all through the long months of summer.