Are you prepared to Keep Your Kids Healthy this summer?
“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James
Summer is a wonderful time for family fun! Here are some ways to keep your kids safe, healthy, and happy during the summer months…
Keep Your Kids Healthy This Summer
1.Lots Of Fluids
Staying hydrated is super important. If your kids don’t like water, you can try flavoring it with fruit slices. You will also want to make sure they are getting electrolytes when they are very active outdoors.
Canadian Family has 7 Simple Tips To Help Your Kids Drink More Water This Summer. Be sure to check it out for more ideas!
2.Healthy Summer Eating
You want to help your kids continue to develop good eating habits with summer in full swing. It can be challenging when you are taking vacations and hosting BBQs. To avoid allowing kids those late night snacks on longer days, Nourish Interactive suggests,
Even though the days are longer and the kids might stay up longer, consider setting a time when the kitchen is closed for the night. ~Nourish Interactive
3.Practice Sun Smarts
From mineral based sunscreens, hats, and protective clothing to seeking shade when needed, protect your kids from too much harsh sun. Don’t forget the sunglasses to protect eyes. The CDC has your Be Sun Safe tips.
4.Prepare For Insects
Summer critters can carry illness in their bite. Find a kid-friendly bug spray to use before family hikes and camping trips.
Don’t forget to check for ticks too!
Get in the habit of doing a tick check as part of your nighttime routine. Look behind ears, knees, and elbows, and check your child’s trunk and neck as well. ~Mini Time
5.Teach and Practice Open Water Safety
Summer usually means you and your kids will be around water more – lakes, pools, and the ocean.
The very best thing you can do for your kids if you plan to even look at water this summer is make sure everyone can swim. Find a reputable place for some lessons and then commit the time and resources to get this one done. ~Sisterhood Of The Sensible Moms
6.Get Your First-Aid Kit Ready
We hope not, but even with all the preventative measures accidents can and do still happen. It is good to be prepared by having a well stocked first aid kit. If you are not sure what to add, talk to your local American Red Cross for advice. While you are at it, why not take a first-aid and CPR class.
It is also a good idea to have emergency numbers posted in a prominent place.
7. Promote Helmets and Safety Gear
If your kids are biking and skating, make sure they are wearing helmets that fit well and are securely fashioned. Elbow and knee pads may also be in order. Be a good example by wearing your helmet, as well. Protect against those potential head injuries.
Stay safe and healthy, but don’t forget to have fun!