With summer in full swing, more and more children are spending their time outdoors. While this is a great way for them to stay active and interact with other children, playing outdoors can also lead to a number of injuries. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to keep your children safe while outdoors and avoid the need to visit your pediatrician.
Use Sunscreen and Bug Spray
Your children’s delicate skin is extra-sensitive to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so make sure they are wearing sunscreen that provides for both UVA and UVB protection. It is important to reapply sunscreen every few hours, especially if your child is playing in the pool or running around in the sprinklers. It is also a good idea to use bug spray on your child to avoid insect bites.
Teach Your Children about Dangerous Items
There are a number of insects, spiders, and snakes in Independence that can pose a potential risk to your child’s health. For this reason, you will want to take the time to educate your child on which hazards to avoid and why. This also includes poisonous plants and wild mushrooms.
Impose Safety Restrictions
It is always a good idea to impose safety restrictions on your child regardless of whether or not they are playing outside under adult supervision. Older children, for example, may be allowed to play in the front or backyard unsupervised, meaning that you will want to create rules for them, such as wearing a helmet when riding a bike, coming inside when the sun goes down , or not crossing the street.
Dr. Nan Nuessle is your number-one resource for high-quality pediatric care in Independence, KS. Dr. Nuessle provides a number of pediatric services including same-day cold and flu visits, sports nutrition and physicals, telemedicine, and treatment for asthma, AHD, and congenital heart disease. For more information on our services, or to set up an appointment, call (620) 330-8188 today!