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Longer days, lighter nights and more worrying. Yup, it's summer. And before your kids race out the door, you're doing all you can to protect them from sun, bugs, head injuries, etc. There's something about this season that makes kids run faster and play harder. And like everything else parents carefully do to protect their kids -- cooking healthy kid food, hiring the right babysitters, buckling them into car seats (or shouting out seat belt reminders) -- summer takes preparation, too. Here's how you and your summer babysitter or nanny can help keep kids safe this season -- without feeling like Summer Cop, monitoring the fun right out of their vacation.
Here's a summer-bummer: a person's sunlight exposure during childhood and adolescence is generally considered to increase the risk of melanoma. We've heard it all before, but make sure your family and caregivers all have the same sun-strategy. Vilma Cokkinides, PhD, strategic director, Risk Factor Surveillance for the American Cancer Society, helped come up with these tips for sun safety:
Drowning happens quickly and quietly -- not with a lot of splashing, reminds Emily Samuel, water safety program manager for Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization solely dedicated to eliminating preventable childhood injuries. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in kids one to four-years-old. Here are some helpful tips to prevent accidents around the water.
Unfortunately, those blood-sucking critters are a part of summer nights, and, yes, even days. Anjali Rao, MD, a pediatrician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago gives these suggestions on how to stay safe from insects:
You may be surprised how much -- and when -- kids should drink liquids. To prevent dehydration, kids should drink 12 ounces of fluid 30 minutes before an activity begins and take mandatory fluid breaks (like many day camps require), with kids under 90 pounds drinking five ounces every 20 minutes during activities and kids over 90 pounds drinking nine ounces every 20 minutes. Tip: A child's gulp equals a half-ounce of fluid, so your child should drink about 10 gulps for every 20 minutes of play. The Safe Kids Coalition urges parents and caregivers to watch for warning signs of dehydration, such as thirst, dry or sticky mouth, headache, muscle cramping, irritability, extreme fatigue, weakness, dizziness or decreased performance.
According to Dr. Jamie Freishtat, a pediatrician in the Washington, DC area, helmet safety is extremely important, particularly during the summer when kids spend lots of time outdoors riding bikes. Kids should always wear a properly fitting helmet that is approved by the CPSC for the activity they are doing (biking, skateboarding, etc). Why not take your child with you to pick it out at the shop, so he can have a say in the color and design? And, it may sound silly, but don't forget to fasten the chin strap -- lots of people don't bother. Make a family rule: no helmet, no wheels. And parents and caregivers, you must serve as an example: wear your own helmet!
It only takes 10 minutes for a car to heat up by 19 degrees. Every so often, we hear news stories of parents forgetting infants or leaving a sleeping toddler in the car, and tragedies that ensue. Never leave a child alone in a car, even for a minute. Degrees can be deceiving. Fatalities can occur at temperatures as low as the mid-50s because a vehicle heats up so quickly. Children are at a great risk for heat stroke because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's does. Cracking a window? Not a solution. Some advanced technologies are still being developed that may help prevent heat stroke deaths in vehicles, but nothing has been proven effective yet.
Here is some smart stuff that Dr. Lichenstein recommends parents and caregivers carry around in a purse, bag or car for summer emergencies:
Don't get overwhelmed by all this information and decide to keep your kids locked indoors all summer, hidden under the bed. Summer is a time for having fun, and a few bug bites and scrapes are worth it. Just make sure you and your summer nanny or babysitter are informed about these important summer safety tips -- print these tips out, so you can refresh yourself often -- then stop worrying, go have fun and enjoy your summer! * This article is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be providing medical advice and is not a substitute for such advice. The reader should always consult a health care provider concerning any medical condition or treatment plan. Neither Care.com nor the author assumes any responsibility or liability with respect to use of any information contained herein.
This fall at St. Cecilia Catholic School we are focusing on the 4 pillars of Parish Stewardship. With many new faces in our building this year, what a great time to visit and learn these pillars. The first month of school we will focus on the pillar, Hospitality. We will then focus on the following months the pillars of Prayer, Formation, and Service.
'When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.' Matt 25:35
'Prayer is as necessary to our souls as food is to our bodies.' from Characteristics of a Christian Steward
'Being a disciple is not just something else to do, alongside many other things suitable for Christians, it is a total way of life and requires continuing conversion.' from USCCB's Stewardship a Disciple's Response - Pastoral Letter on Stewardship
'...Amen I say to you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me.' Matt. 25:40
Are you interested in helping St. Cecilia Catholic School with their Wellness Plan? We are looking for individuals to join our committee to assist in the reviewing of our current Wellness Plan and help us develop new policy goals and progress towards achieving those goals. If you would like to join our Wellness committee, please contact Mr. Hamilton at 522-0461.
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