The carefree days of summer are a child’s dream come true. Endless adventures await, as kids trade school and extracurricular activities for more unstructured time with family and friends. From splashing in the swimming pool, to long bike rides in the sunshine, there is nothing quite like summertime.
As parents, we know that summer adventures are exciting and memorable, but they can sometimes lead to health and safety issues that are unpleasant. With a bit of foresight, and these simple tips, it’s easy to ensure a healthy and safe summer for the whole family.
Teach water safety
Those long, hot summer days make water especially appealing. Splashing around is a fun and refreshing way to spend time in the warmer months. Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day in the United States, there are 10 deaths due to unintentional drownings.
Supervising children at all times when they are near water, and teaching them from a young age that they should never play around water without an adult present, is vital for their safety. Wearing life preservers and installing gates (and alarms) on home swimming pools can also prevent curious children from unnecessary harm.
It’s important to note that drowning in real life doesn’t look the way it does on TV. Learn more about what drowning actually looks like, so you will know what to look out for.
Be bike & scooter safe
Most adults remember riding bikes throughout their childhood without a helmet. I’m not even sure if children’s helmets were available in stores when I was a child. I know I never owned one, and I’m sure most of you didn’t either.
This is one of those ‘when you know better, you do better’ sort of tips. During my childhood, we weren’t aware just how beneficial helmets could be for preventing head injuries. Now, we are well-educated on the subject, and understand the importance of wearing one, for children and adults alike.
If you don’t want your kids to be part of the nearly 300,000 children each year who visit the emergency room with bike and scooter related injuries, insist they wear a helmet.
Effectively manage bugs
Mosquitos, ticks, and other bothersome insects seem to be everywhere in the summer. Bugs may be interesting to observe and study, but they’re not fun to be bitten or stung by. Protect kids (and adults) by using an insect repellent when you spend time outdoors.
Whether you choose a store-bought version. or you make your own homemade, natural bug spray, it will play a big part in keeping your family healthy this summer.
Stock up on healthy foods
Summer is full of delicious treats. From popsicles and ice cream, to huge BBQ dinners with family and friends, it can be tempting to fill up on less-than-healthy foods.
Take advantage of the phenomenal seasonal produce, and fill your fridge with all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables. When your home is well-stocked with healthy options, the whole family will eat better, leading to a happier, healthier summer for all.
Include probiotics for kids in your routine
Probiotics are good bacteria that help provide health benefits that are essential for various body functions, including healthy digestion.
Using a daily probiotic supplement, such as Align Jr. can help support children’s digestive health, which can be disrupted due to changes in diet, routine, stress level, and more.
From the makers of Align, the #1 recommended probiotic brand by doctors and gastroenterologists, now comes a great-tasting, gluten-free chewable designed for kids ages 6-12. Align Jr. helps to naturally fortify the digestive system using a unique healthy bacteria, and contains no artificial colors or sweeteners.‡
Such an easy way to introduce probiotics for kids into your family’s daily routine!
‡Among gastroenterologists and doctors who recommended a brand of probiotic in an AlphaImpactRx 2016 Survey.
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