For many families, the Fourth of July weekend is the big kick-off to the summer season, which means cookouts, camp, games outside, family trips, and beach days are now a staple of life.
While you try to keep your eye on your little ones all the time, you can't be everywhere at once -- plus, there are some dangers that could happen right under your watch.
So how can you keep your child safe and healthy all summer long? Parents has expert tips to help.
A child trapped inside a hot car can suffocate quickly. When it's 93 degrees F out, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees F in 20 minutes -- even with a window cracked. To protect your child:
Drowning remains the second leading injury-related killer of children ages one to 14. It claims more than 900 children's lives each year, with about 300 victims under the age of four. Practice these pool rules to ensure your child doesn't become a drowning victim:
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When at the beach, following these safety guidelines:
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And before you let your baby splash in a public or backyard baby pool, follow these tips:
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If your little water bug gets ear pain after days in the pool, she may have swimmer's ear, an infection of the skin inside the ear canal. It develops when excess moisture allows the bacteria that are normally present in the ear to multiply. Some tips:
A sunburn leads to skin damage and may cause skin cancer later in life. Babies are especially vulnerable to burns: "The younger the skin, the more fluid it has in it, which means it burns faster," says Paula Elbirt, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. Sunscreen is effective if used correctly. Follow these strategies to get the best protection for your family.
If your child starts to seem listless, irritable, or dizzy when the weather is hot, he may be dehydrated -- a condition that can lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Young children are at special risk because they can't release heat as effectively as teenagers and adults do, and they often don't realize when they're thirsty. A toddler or preschooler may also be nauseated or have a stomachache. Signs in an infant include a sunken soft spot, rapid breathing, and dry eyes. Some prevention tips:
Fewer than half of all U.S. children wear helmets when biking, skating, and riding scooters, a recent survey revealed. And of the kids who are wearing helmets, 35 percent are wearing them improperly. Helmets that slip to the front, back or side of the head expose parts of the skull, while extremely loose or unbuckled straps can allow the helmet to completely fall off the head in an accident. Follow this checklist to ensure proper fit:
Protect your family from ticks carrying Lyme disease with these tips:
It's a good bet that your kids will come in contact with poison ivy in your yard, at a local park, or on a hike this summer, even if you have taught them about its telltale trio of shiny leaves.
Whether at the beach or in the backyard, children love to go barefoot, making summer prime season for foot injuries.