Adults know that vacation can cause a healthy diet to weaken and children are no different. Being off of school may lead many kids to eating more food that is less then healthy. Keep your kids on a schedule of eating during the warm summer months. This can be a challenge but it is important to keep them eating a balanced meal and at regular times of the day.
Know Your Limits in the Heat
Don’t let your children turn into couch potatoes watching TV and sitting around the house all day long. Limiting the amount of time outside may be necessary on hot days, however you should encourage playing outdoors. Young children are at a higher risk for heat stroke, exhaustion and dehydration then adults. Watch for the signs of physical fatigue and dehydration.
Strap on a Helmet
As soon as the weather warms up, out come the bikes, scooters and roller-blades. Make sure you are requiring your kids to wear the proper safety gear, even when it’s warm outside. It’s also not a bad idea to check over the summer toys and make sure they are safe and ready to go for the summer. Children should also know the boundaries and rules to keep them safe. Don’t just send them out all strapped with gear and expect them to be perfectly safe.
Have Pool Rules
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 14 years of age! Every time you are at the pool or lake you need to talk to your children about safety and never let them swim unattended. It can take a matter of seconds for a child to fall in or go under. This can lead to devastating outcomes if someone isn’t watching closely.
Wearing Sunscreen and other Protective Clothing
Skin Cancer and skin related diseases aren’t things we tend to think about as such young ages, however they should not go forgotten. Children should always be wearing protective clothing and sunscreen when playing outdoors. On really hot days, it may be a good idea to limit the amount of time your kids are outdoor during the 10 am – 2 pm time frame due to the sun being the strongest at that time.