Sun and water are two of my favorite features of summer. But, without proper precautions, sun and water can become dangerous very quickly, especially when children are involved.
These tips will help keep your whole family safe and having fun all summer long!
- Use sunscreen with at least 15 SPF and reapply often. Even if your little one isn’t getting wet, it’s still so important to reapply their sunscreen. A good rule of thumb is to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Oh, and, same goes for you, Mom and Dad. You won’t be any good to anyone if you’re burnt to a crisp! (Check out these MintRx coupon codes to save 20% off your sunscreen purchase.)
- Cover Up. Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit your sun exposure during the most intense hours of 10am and 4pm if at all possible. Opt for a “rash guard” type swimsuit for your little one with long sleeves. Hats and sunglasses are also a must to keep the sun’s rays off of you as much as possible.
- Opt for an Umbrella if you’re at the beach. An umbrella gives you the option of shade whenever you need it. Park baby’s pack ‘n play under the umbrella to protect her skin and keep her cool.
- Don’t forget – Water and sand reflect UV rays and can actually result in sunburn more quickly.
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- Never Swim Alone – Even the best swimmers need to have someone with them when swimming. Also, never let children swim unattended. Close supervision by a trusted adult is the only way to ensure drowning isn’t an option when children are in the water.
- Designate a “water watcher” when children are in the water. Someone who can stay off their phone and keep a constant watch on the children. No distractions. Drowning can happen in an instant, so it’s imperative to have at least one designated adult watching over the children at all times – even if lifeguards are present.
- Use Life Jackets – Children should wear life jackets anytime they are on a boat, a pier, or near bodies of water that they could fall into. (Mom and Dad could also wear life jackets to set a good example and encourage your children to keep theirs on!)
- Avoid Fast Moving Water – Never, ever, ever allow children to swim in canals or fast moving water. Currents can grab them and pull them under faster than you can get to them.
With a little common sense, and a few safety rules, you can keep your entire family safe in the sun and around the water all summer long. I hope these summer safety tips help you out!