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Summer safety tips for parents

7 August 2020
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Summer safety tips for parents

Summer safety tips for parents

(EN) Children may spend a lot of time outside in the summer, at summer camp, on the playground or while traveling. Although the summer season is ideal for enjoying nature, it also poses certain health risks.Summer safety tips for parents.

Here are some tips from Health Canada that will help you protect your children.


Be aware of the risks of heat

Intense heat poses a health risk, especially for infants and young children. They are more likely to suffer from heat ailments such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, fainting, heat rash and muscle cramps. Watch for symptoms like dizziness, fainting, intense thirst and headache.

Check the weather forecast

Watch your local forecast and weather alerts to prepare for the harshest weather conditions. Check the air health rating for your region if it is available. Children are more sensitive to air pollution, which is often higher during periods of intense heat.





Use sunscreen

If you can’t avoid exposure to the sun, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the package. Remember that the sunscreen protects you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, not from heat. Make sure small children wear a hat with a breathable cloth and sunglasses, and wear clothes or sunscreen that covers their skin. Babies under the age of one should not be exposed to direct sunlight to avoid skin damage and dehydration. Instead, install them in the shade, under a tree, umbrella or awning. Do not apply sunscreen to the skin of an infant under six months of age before talking to your healthcare professional.



Stay hydrated

Dehydration is a dangerous condition. Make sure your children drink plenty of cool fluids, especially water, before they feel thirsty. Motivate them to drink more by leaving colored glasses near the sink, and encourage them to drink a glass of water each time they wash their hands. Prepare a pitcher of water and to enhance the taste add fruit juices. Encourage your children to eat more fruits that contain lots of water, such as watermelon.




Take a break

Spend a few hours with your child in a cool place – a shady place, an outdoor pool, a water jets area or an air-conditioned place like a shopping mall, supermarket or municipal library. Give your child a cold water bath until he feels refreshed. If you are using a fan, make sure it is placed at a safe distance and that air is flowing in its direction.

Keep mosquitoes away

If you live in a mosquito-infested area, protect the skin by applying insect repellent while following the manufacturer’s instructions. It is completely safe to use sunscreen and insect repellant together, just apply the sunscreen first.

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