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Every Thing You Will Need to Know This Summer to Keep Your Child Safe

Updated on September 1, 2016

Summer is fast approaching and along with it are single mothers’ concern about how best to keep their children occupied and safe. There will be plans to attend many events: pool parties, beach occasions, park outings, amusement parks and much more. As mothers rush to keep up with these plans here are some important safety tips to help them keep their children safe and ultimately sustain a happy summer.

Outdoor Care

When you and your children attend any outdoor event "cover up". This will entail long sleeves shirts and slacks. This is a recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency does not necessarily stipulate where long sleeves and slacks. But, what else can one infer when they say "cover up". Should you elect to put your child in short sleeves and short pants, the agency recommends the use of bug spray comprising of "Deet". This brand of repellant is best to keep most outdoor insects at bay. The best course of action is before your child gets dress, as you cover sensitive body parts, spray the entire body. After putting on the attire of choice re-spray the exposed limbs.

West Nile Virus

Many venture out without applying any repellent which means that they might become one of the 4,000 plus people who get infected with West Nile virus via a mosquito bite. The mosquito can infect a child with "West Nile meningitis [or} West Nile encephalitis". If the virus goes unattended a child can convulse and then die. The CDC explains that the odd of your child dying from this virus is very low. The agency’s statistics outline that only one of every 150 individuals will experience the fatality of the disease. Whatever the numbers it is best to use insect repellent on your child before sending him outside.

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Heat Exhaustion or Heatstroke

As your child participates in outdoor sports it is importance to remember to keep him or her hydrated. The suggested amount of water is around 16 ounces every two hours before and throughout the duration of the sport event. The recommendation by the American college of Sports Medicine is to provide children with as much water as demanded. They discourage the substitution of water for juices or soda. If your child looks fatigue or cheeks are flush pull him from the flied and promptly provide him with water. To remove the possibility of heatstroke or heat exhaustion apply ice packs to your child's neck, groin, and underarms. While there is a low number of death resulting from heatstroke, over exposure to the sun is a scary experience for mother and child. Consequently, if your child seems confused and right after he tells you he feels funny, he collapses, promptly take him to the nearest clinic or emergency room. Parents forget, owing to the active nature of their children, that children are frequently at risk from both heat and humidity. Subsequently, the length of time spent outside should be limited by established heat index.

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A Bee Sting

For any mother hearing the outside scream of a child stung by a bee that sound can be alarming. The Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center warns that a bee sting allergic reaction should be given special attention, especially if it is not the first time. Mothers are to purchase “bee-sting kit” and keep at hand to use immediately if their children have had a previous reaction to a sting. On the side of caution rush your child to a clinic to be looked over by a doctor. To prevent a bee from stinging your child do not put scented lotion on your child if he will be going outside for a long period of time. Light color clothing is best since bees are attracted to bright clothing. If your child has an extreme reaction such as confusion, swelling, or labored breathing from a bee sting get immediate emergency care.

Lyme Disease

The CDC reports that Minnesota or Wisconsin area residence are at high risk to contract Lyme disease. The symptoms for this disease are: entire body muscle aches, fever and headache. Long term, Lyme disease victims will experience memory loss and arthritis. To protect your child from contracting this disease the agency advocates that after any outdoor activity parents scope their children’s body for insects. If one is found squeeze it out of the skin and then take your child to a doctor. When caught within a 3 week period and treated with antibiotics no permanent ailment will persist.

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Unattended Child

Did you forget something? Yes your child in the car. When running errands many mothers experience this memory deprivation. Many remember just as they walk into the store and swiftly track back to pick up their slumbering child. Summer time is the worst season to forget your child in the car so here are some precautions to prevent you from abandoning your child in your car:

  • Place an item in the backseat of the car that you know you will take with you after parking the car.
  • Every time you exit the car pause to check the backseat, this is a great habit to establish.
  • Program your cell phone to ask you, Where is your child? 5 minutes after drop off. Then check in with the daycare or primary care giver that your child is there.
  • Remind yourself never to leave your child in the car for any period of time.

A child’s body gets heated around 5 times more than an adult. The CDC reports that 107 degree Fahrenheit results in death for a child; anything below that degree or above normal temperature can mean irreversible brain damage.

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Amusement Parks

Appropriately 70% of injuries encountered by children are amusement park related. This is an important statistic to keep in mind as you review these precautions to take when you take your children to any amusement park.

  • Your child should only go on rides that are age and height appropriated.
  • Secure your child based on the instruction given by the ride attendant. If you are unable to do so immediately notify the attendant.
  • Instruct your child to remain seated, place feet within the cart and hold on to the handrail.
  • If you feel your child is not willing to follow the parks rules remove him from area.
  • Use your best judgement not your child’s when it comes to what ride is appropriate.
  • Only get on mall rides that are on top of padded surface. Most importantly, do not put your child on rides that do not have safety devices.
  • For children six and younger attached an in-case-of-emergency (ICE) card inside the hem of your child’s top.
  • The best clothes for any amusement park are comfortable close-toe shoes, shorts and a top.

Pools And Large Water Outing

Safekeeping habits for visits to the water are fairly easy to establish and requires the corporation of parents and children. For these recommendations to be effective, both should commit to live up to them. Below are some vital wellbeing sanctions for recreational water outings.

  • Have a parent outside pool, river, lake or beach monitoring the children making sure a head count is consistent; drowning is a noiseless death and only a visible eye can spot a child in danger.
  • When you child wants to swim make sure he has another playmate to accompany him; water playing with someone is fun as well as a good safety system.
  • Place floating devices around your child’s body or arms.
  • Using water toys can be fun but your child should also have the above safety device.
  • Take a CPR class; it is a good skill to have in and outside the pool area.
  • Do not serve alcohol prior to getting into the water, it diminishes human reflexes.
  • Redirect your child to another favorite water activity when he wants to play “how long I can hold my breath” under water.
  • Do not enter water when the weather is not favorable.

When you child goes on a bicycle, motor cycle or any open top sport vehicle remember to have him wear a helmet. With these safety tips at hand here is hoping you and your children have a great summer.

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      Yvette Marshall 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Yes very foolish, I wrote about the importance on swimming, its titled "Summer's Death". The above tips on swimming safety are taken from that piece. Thank you for the comment.

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      Covington Professional Resume Services LLC 2 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Very good tips. This article: time.com/106912/red-cross-swimming-campaign/

      opened my eyes to the fact that nearly half of Americans do not know how to swim or overestimate their abilities to do so. Many local YMCA's and a number of other organizations offer free swimming lessons. Taking an of age child anywhere near water without knowing how to swim is foolish.