Summer time is almost upon us, and that means that many families will take off on vacation. To make the most of your trip, you will want to keep everyone healthy and safe. Here are 10 tips to keep your kids healthy while traveling.
- Wear Sunscreen– To prevent the redness, peeling and burning sensation of a sunburn, not to mention the chance of cancer later on, the CDC recommends a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 plus UVA and UVB protection.
- Eat Healthy– Try to avoid fast food, although it is difficult for vacationers. Remember to eat plenty of fruits and veggies. This will keep the energy levels up, and it will lessen the trips to the bathroom from unfamiliar and greasy foods.
- Stay Hydrated– Kids can easily get dehydrated just because they won’t stop to get a drink. Keep a steady supply of bottled water on hand, and have them drink it.
- Use Bug Spray– If you are outdoors, one of the last things you want is to see a swarm of mosquitoes. So keep everyone sprayed with insect spray. Remember to not spray the face. Also, DEET isn’t recommended for children, so find a spray that has less than 30%, or 0% would be even better.
- Wear Loose Clothing– Loose fit clothing will breathe better even if the material isn’t normally known for it. This will keep your kids cooler, and they will have less of a chance of getting overheated or dehydrated.
- Pool Safety– NEVER leave your kids unattended in the pool. Make certain that they follow the pool rules of no running. If they can’t swim, keep them in shallow water with floaties or a life vest.
- Don’t Drink The Water– This should go without saying, but try and keep your kids from drinking the water that they are swimming in. If it’s a pool, then they would be drinking chemicals and probably some human fluids. If it is a natural body of water, they would be drinking every other animals waste fluids and parasites.
- Playground– If you find a nice playground, make certain that it is safe for the kiddies. Make sure that the equipment isn’t too hot. Also, the surface underneath should be wood mulch or rubber.
- Helmet– If your children are skating, riding a bicycle or any other vehicle that could expose their heads, then put a helmet on them. Helmets do save lives.
- Stranger Danger– Most importantly, teach your children not to talk to strangers. Also, have an up to date photo of your kids with statistics on height, weight, blood type and allergies. You should also place information on a card to put in your child’s pocket such as your contact information, known allergies and any other pertinent information. Keep them safe.
CDC, “Make Summer Safe for Kids,” www.CDC.gov
Maria Trimachi, “10 Summer Safety Tips for Kids,” health.howstuffworks.com