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How To Keep Kids Safe Outdoors This Summer Season

ByJerni Camposano-GomezMarch 8, 2023
child using swing in the playground
Outdoor play is such an important part of a child’s holistic learning and development. Its benefits — encourages wellness, improves mobility and flexibility, enhances social skills, promotes stronger physical health, among many others — cannot be underscored enough. Hence, it’s only a must for us parents to allow and give our little ones opportunities to enjoy significant time enjoying the great outdoors.
It’s that time of the year once again when families plan for a beach trip, a day hike, a picnic at the park, and more exciting activities to have some fresh air and soak in the summer sun. But before you go all-out on the fun, here are some reminders on how you can keep your kids safe outdoors.
Safe, splashin’ good time in the water
Drowning is a leading cause of death in children and it can happen in a split second. So it’s important to ensure your child is safe when swimming and/or near water.
1. Always watch your kids closely when they are in or near water. If you can’t, assign an adult to supervise. Anyone supervising a kid should avoid activities that can distract them from their role, such as using the phone, reading, or consuming alcohol.
2. Enroll your child in a swimming class as formal training can reduce the risk of drowning. However, a child who knows how to swim should still not be left alone in the water.
3. Choose bright-colored (yes to neon!) swimwear for your child. It will be easier to keep track of them and they are more visible in pools and open water. Read more about the color visibility test here.
4. Train your little one not to run or play near the pool as they might slip. They have to walk carefully around pool areas.
5. Remind your kid to wear a life jacket as it can save their life, especially when doing water activities such as kayaking or boating.
6. Learn first-aid skills such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
7. Check the weather before letting your child do water activities as there might be advisories of strong wind, thunderstorms, or flash floods.
8. Make sure your little one is wearing sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
Accident-free day at the playground or park
Kids run wild and free when in these places and their excitement is palpable. Reduce the risk of possible injuries by doing these:
1. Check that the playground is suitable for the age of your child. There are equipment that may not be appropriate for younger kids.
2. Check for damaged equipment (such as broken swings or damaged slides) that can cause danger or hurt your little one.
3. Teach your kid to ensure there are no children or any objects at the base of the slide before they go down.
4. Teach your child proper behavior such as taking turns and not pushing other kids.
5. Avoid dressing your little one with necklaces, scarves, and those with drawstrings or strings that can get stuck and can cause strangulation.
6. Don’t forget to apply or use mosquito repellent to protect your kid from mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya.
7. Supervise your child at all times.
May your little one have a safe and enjoyable time outdoors, mama and papa!
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