Keeping Your Kids Safe This Summer


Keeping Your Kids Safe This Summer

Summer is a great time for families to get out of the house and do something active together. 5210+10, a pediatric obesity prevention program supported locally by Kohl's Cares, recommends at least one hour of physical activity per day. Whether it’s a vacation to the beach, weeklong camping trip, or an afternoon on a hiking trail, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital wants to remind you of some important tips to keep your kids safe and healthy this summer.

Skin Protection

  • Seek shade
    The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most hazardous for UV exposure, so plan indoor activities or use an umbrella, tree or other shelter for relief.
  • Apply sunscreen
    Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply every two hours.
  • Wear protective clothing
    Protective clothing, hats and sunglasses are effective ways to keep safe from the sun’s harmful rays. Infants and small children are especially susceptible to sunburn and heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Stay cool
    Very high body temperatures can be detrimental to your child’s health. Avoid outdoors during times of extreme heat.
  • Wear light clothing
    Especially when outdoors, dress your child in loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Check local news for extreme heat alerts and seek shade when outside.
  • Hydrate
    Children should drink at least two to four cups of water every hour while playing outside. Avoid drinks with large amounts of sugar, as they can dehydrate them.
  • Never leave children in hot cars
    You should never leave children in a parked card. Temperatures spike dangerously high in a short amount of time, even with the windows cracked.

Water Safety

  • Watch your child
    Never assume someone else is watching your child. If you have to step away, be sure to designate another adult to take watch.
  • Have your child wear a life vest
    Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water. 
  • Remove toys afterward
    Don’t leave pool toys in the water. A child might fall in trying to reach for it.
  • Keep rescue equipment nearby
    Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.

Bites & Stings

  • Inspect your insect repellant
    Repellents containing the chemical DEET are considered to be the most effective, but should be used sparingly on kids. Insect repellant should never be used on infants.
  • Ice affected area to reduce swelling and ease pain
    Itching may be soothed with a mixture of baking soda and water, or calamine lotion. Any pain relievers formulated for babies or children can help, but be sure to follow the dosing instructions on the bottle.
  • Call 911 for sudden hives, facial swelling, labored breathing, dizziness or fainting
    Some bites and stings can cause a serious reaction in children. Call for help if any of these symptoms occur.


  • Be aware of and avoid triggers
    These can be pet dander, dust or other allergens. When someone breathes in a trigger it causes the airways to produce extra mucus and more swelling. This narrows the airways and causes an attack.
  • Take medications as prescribed
    Always take prescribed medications as directed. Consult with your physician if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Call 911 in case of emergency\
    Always call for help if you are unsure of what to do if your child experiences an attack.

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