As summer approaches, your child is likely getting really excited about all the activities and warm weather coming their way. While summer is fun and exciting, it can also be dangerous. Your child is constantly exposed to the sun and can be at risk of drowning. It’s important to talk to our pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston and Medfield, MA, about keeping your child safe all summer.
Even if your child is a strong swimmer, accidents can happen. It’s crucial that you are always watching them while they are in the water. If something happens, you’ll be able to help your child immediately. It only takes seconds for drowning to happen, so you need to be aware.
Floatation devices can help keep your child’s head above water and keep them safe until you’re able to reach them.
Your child will likely want to spend all day outside during the summer. While this can be fine, it’s important that you understand the signs of heat exhaustion. Your pediatrician in Weston and Medfield, MA, can help you understand what heat exhaustion may look like. Your child should be taking regular water breaks and wearing lightweight clothing that helps them avoid overheating.
You should never leave your child unattended in your car and you should be sure that air is properly flowing through the car to avoid overheating. You should also have a car seat that fits your child and that is properly locked in to protect your child from any accidents that may occur.
Sunburn doesn’t feel like a big deal, but it can lead to complications further in your child’s life. You should always apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and be sure to reapply often throughout the day.
As summer comes, the bugs come with it. You should be sure to always apply insect repellent to your child’s skin and clothes. You also need to avoid heavily scented soaps and lotions.
Make sure that your child is getting enough water throughout the day to replenish their body.
If you’re on a boat, accidents can happen and life jackets can save lives.
Always wear a helmet and pads when riding bikes. Make sure your child has a safe and reliable bike as well.
Be safe this summer! Contact our pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston and Medfield, MA, at (781) 736-0040 for the office in Weston, MA, and (508) 359-9200 for the office in Medfield, MA.