Jones Smiles - July 2018



July 2018



While children may be on summer vacation, a parent’s concern for their safety isn’t. Here are a few ways to keep your kids safe during the summer. SUN SAFETY One of the most important hazards to keep in mind is the sun. UV rays can damage the skin and eyes, causing skin cancer and even immune system suppression. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to counter sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, covering your exposed skin, wearing sunglasses, and controlling your time spent in direct sunlight can all prevent skin damage. Another way to keep your child happy and healthy in the sun is to keep them hydrated. If your child has a dry or sticky mouth, sunken eyes, dry and cool skin, drowsiness, dizziness, or little to no tears while crying, then they may be suffering from dehydration. Make sure that your child drinks water as much as possible and that they rest in a shaded area to prevent dehydration. STAYING HEALTHY This is one subject that shouldn’t take a break over the summer vacation. Children are more likely to gain weight over the summer than any other time of the year. Sticking to a schedule can keep your kids proactive and create positive and healthy habits for them. When you’re heading out to a summer activity, packing a lunch can ensure that your children are eating healthy. You can help the entire family maintain healthy eating habits by packing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and healthy

beverages instead of picking up a quick bite to eat on the way there or back. To keep your child busy throughout their break, sign them up for a summer activity. Swimming lessons or camps are great ways to give your kids a schedule they can follow while having fun and interacting with kids their age. SWIMMING Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities. If you’re headed to a beach or a local pool to cool off, it’s vital to avoid the potential dangers swimming can pose. If your children are swimming in any body of water, maintain constant vigilance, and stay within reach if you have an infant or toddler in or around water. If there are multiple adults present, take turns watching the children. Keep in mind that water wings or water noodles are not approved personal flotation devices (PFDs). Using a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD, such as a life jacket, is highly recommended. Applying waterproof sunscreen is also crucial for all water- related summer activities. Water gives minimal protection against UV rays, which can easily cut through the first three feet of water. Any sunlight reflected on the water can sunburn someone just as easily as if they had been out in a park all day. If your family is going to a pool or lake, be sure to apply a copious amount of waterproof sunscreen every two hours for full skin protection. During the summer months, kids are excited for blue skies and a break from school. Keeping them healthy and safe is just as important as the amount of fun they have. Stay safe and have enjoyable days in the sun!

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