Fun in the Sun Safety Tips!
Hi everyone! As you all know, springtime is almost here! After months of winter, many plants are beginning to bloom and become colorful once again and animals are starting to wander outside to play and bask in the warmth of the sun.
The weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining longer and brighter, which means that Spring Break is right around the corner! I’m sure you kiddos are beginning to get antsy anticipating that week off of school- time to relax, hang out with friends, and go on family trips. Whatever activity it may be; just know there will be a ton of people out and about wanting to enjoy the beginning of warmer days and longer nights!
With that in mind, here are a few safety tips to be aware of during this spring season:
- Under 6 months must be kept out of direct sunlight. Keep the baby underneath shade at all times.
- Dress them in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs
- Use brimmed hats whenever possible
- You can apply a small amount of sunscreen to infants under 6 months if there is no way to avoid the sun
- Apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing to avoid sunburn
- Bare back, arms, legs, face
- Use a wide-brimmed hat if possible
- Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration
- Wear clothes that keep you cool
- If doing any activity or sport that includes high speeds, always wear a helmet
- Biking, riding a scooter, riding a skateboard or tricycle
- The sun’s rays are at its strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Try to avoid or limit exposure to the sun around these times
- Always supervise children and be constantly aware
- Book a pediatrician appointment
- Visit your child’s doctor just after winter break to check-up on any health ailments prior to having warmer weather
- Check playground paddings
- After long winters, the paddings in playgrounds tend to get worn out
- Check if there are any dips or damages to the paddings in “landing” areas such as the base of a slide
- Worn out padding can lead to broken bones, unwanted cuts and bruises
- Check and test outdoor toys for damages, wear and tear, or bugs prior to allowing your child to play with it
Happy Springtime Friends!