Summer for kids means lazy, hazy days with no homework. It means running and playing outside, in the backyard, at a park, or perhaps on a beach.
It means pool parties, sprinklers, and lots of “cool down” fun.
Unfortunately all that summer fun can result in bumps, burns, and bruises and can land kids in the emergency room ... or even worse.
To help parents remember the importance of several key aspects of summer safety, here are three tips from some mom bloggers who know a thing or two about keeping kids safe.
Tip 1: Be vigilant when kids are in or around water.
Karen Warren is a freelance writer, blogger and mother of two, a son and a daughter. She urges parents to always be on guard when their children are around water, no matter how old they are.
In a recent post, she wrote, “Although lifeguards are keeping an eye on children in and around the pool, they are not babysitters. Injuries or drowning can happen in seconds, so being vigilant is vital to water safety.”
She also encourages parents to take preventative measures to avoid heat-related illness in children (or themselves) when spending long days outdoors. Staying hydrated is key, she wrote, so avoid sugary sodas and juices and opt for water instead.
Tip 2: Do not dive into shallow waters.
While this tip may seem obvious to some, it is nevertheless one that needs to be reiterated. Julie Kahle, mother of three daughters and an Atlanta-area blogger cringes each summer when she sees countless kids dive head first into shallow waters.
Her sister-in-law suffered a terrible fall in 2010 and was paralyzed from the waist down. She spent months in a rehabilitation hospital alongside many young victims who were paralyzed after diving into a pool.