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Twinkle's Summer Safety Tips

Summer is a great time for kids to go outside, explore, run and have fun at home, in the pool, and at playgrounds in the community.

The following are a few tips from Twinkle to help ensure that summer is not only a fun safe.

#1 - Wear and reapply sunscreen.

Proper application and SPF number make a difference in keeping your child’s skin from getting sunburned. In case your child’s skin gets too much exposure to the sun, there are remedies that you can try.

#2 - Actively watch your kids play in and around water.

Knowing your child and their friends’ comfort level in water can help you know who may need additional supervision.

#3 - Always wear a helmet while riding a bike or skateboard.

This applies to both kids and adults. It’s important to use the correct size helmet – it should not be to snug or too wobbly. Remember to replace your helmet.

#4 - Be Mindful of Playgrounds.

Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, sand or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on harder surfaces such as asphalt, concrete or dirt.

Knowing this and a few other playground safety tips can help ensure your child has fun filled time!

#5 - Stay Hydrated.

Protect your child from dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Dehydration occurs when the loss of bodily fluids, mostly water, exceeds intake. Learn the symptoms of dehydration and when to seek medical help.

#6 - Watch Out for Bugs.

The most common types of bug bites in our area are from mosquitos and ticks.

DEET or picaridin repellentsshould be used on exposed arms/legs as a way to prevent these types of bites. Know how to treat these bites so that your child stays healthy and comfortable this summer.

#7 - "Bee" Careful Around Bees.

Bee or wasp stings are common in our area as well. Remove the stinger from your child’s skin as soon as possible and treat with a cold compress.

If swelling is large or if symptoms don’t improve over 48 hours, your child should visit his/her pediatrician or urgent care. If your child has a severe allergic reaction, call 911 or head to the closest emergency room.

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