11 Things you can do to keep your child injury free this Summer.
Every summer, kids suffer broken bones, cuts and scrapes, concussions, burns, food poisoning among many other
unpleasant injuries. Summer is intended to be a fun time for kids as they get to hang out with their friends and play all their favorite games. In the midst of all the fun and games, however, there is always the risk of kids getting injured.
Concussion Canada has compiled these useful tips to hopefully improve your kid’s safety even as they enjoy their childhood. While some of these tips apply across the board, others depend on the activity involved.
- Start off every day with sunscreen. The first danger for kids during summer is getting sunburned. Explain to your children the need for sunblock and instill in them the habit of never going outside without it. Even on cloudy days, ensure they apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out to play. If they are headed to the pool, ensure they reapply it every 2 hours or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Other accessories such as hats and shades are also a good idea.
- Keep kids cool and hydrated. In summer, there is always the risk of children getting dehydrated or suffering heat exhaustion. Ensure they drink enough water
before and during their playing time. There should be water breaks during each activity. Allow kids to use the water hose to cool down when the heat is too
- As a precaution, never leave your kids inside the car as cars become even hotter than the outside.
- Put the Helmet on. If your child likes riding a bike, skateboarding or rollerblading, then there is always a Concussion or Head injury risk. To protect your child from a concussion or other head injuries, ensure that they have their helmet on at all times. Buy your child the recommended helmet for their preferred activity. Also ensure that the helmet is of good quality and that it is a perfect fit for their head. It is also advisable that they wear knee and elbow pads to protect against scrapes and bruises.
- Pool safety is a major concern for parents, especially in summer. Thankfully, there is a lot you can do to improve the
overall safety at the pool. For one, do not let kids use the pool without adult supervision. You can do this by making sure that the pool area is off limits to kids and that they cannot easily access it. Even when you allow them in the pool, they should only use the shallow end if they are not a strong swimmer.
- While bugs do not lead to Personal Injury, they are still a safety concern. Some bugs such as mosquitoes and ticks can cause diseases while bees and wasps stings are quite painful. For those disease carrying bugs, use insect repellents. Make sure you consult your pediatrician as to which insect repellent is safe for kids. As for bees, avoid using fruity perfumes and scented soaps or lotions on the kids as these will attract bees.
- Buckle Up! Summer is usually the best time to go on road trips and vacations. For this reason, it is paramount to practice road safety while driving around Canada. Some important pointers; ensure that your kids are buckled up during any drive no matter how short, ensure that they always ride on the backseat if they are not of the right age and size for airbag safety.
- Watch the Road. In regards to playing, ensure they play in the backyard or on the sidewalk road rather than the middle of the road.
- Be First Aid Kit Ready. While every parent hopes for the best, it is always wise to prepare for emergencies. You therefore need a well-equipped first aid kit at your home and
in your car whenever you travel. Always check that the kit has all the necessary materials and make sure you replace any old or expired supplies.
- Learn basic first aid skills so that you know what to do in case of an emergency.
This list is by no means an exhaustive one, as there is always more you can do to improve on safety. It does, however, address some major safety concerns for children during summer. Although your child’s well-being is the main concern, bear in mind that another you can be liable for personal injuries that occur on your property or under your care. For this reason you should therefore be as vigilant and careful as you can while watching the kids.
Concussion Canada wants you to enjoy your summer, and
we hope that these tips will go a long way in making that happen.