Summer time means outdoor time, traveling, and lots of playing for toddlers. The summer months can be a bit trickier when it comes to keeping toddlers safe. Below are some great tips on how you can childproof your child during the summer months.
Your toddler has very sensitive skin. During the summer months this could mean sunburn on your toddler if you don’t cover then with sunscreen. Not only will this save their skin from being painfully burned, but it will help prevent the risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen should be applied to your toddler 30 minutes before they go out in the sun. Covering their neck, arms, legs, ears and top of their feet is important. When your toddler gets sweaty, it’s time to reapply.
Being outside playing in the sun can wear your toddler out. Too much exposure to the sun can also cause dehydration and dizziness. Your toddler should be drinking water at least every 30 minutes even if they tell you they aren’t thirsty. Their bodies need fluids replenished when they are sweating and playing. Keep the sweet drinks and caffeinated beverages away and encourage water.
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Try to keep your toddler protected from insect bites when they are playing outdoors. Spraying a child-friendly repellant on their clothing as opposed to their skin is safer. Once you bring your child back inside, wash off the repellant and put baby powder with cornstarch on their body to prevent a heat rash.
During the summer months, it does not make sense to layer clothing on your toddler. Your toddler needs to feel cool and fresh on hot summer days. Dress your toddler in loose fitting, lightweight clothing made out of cotton. Light colors won’t absorb as much light as darker clothing. If your child sweats and gets wet from running around, change their shirt often. UV protection does not work as well with wet clothing.
When you’re going to be out in the sun for extended periods of time, use a sun hat or wide hate to protect your toddlers head. Sunglasses should also be put on your toddler to help protect their eyes. If you’re on the beach, stay under a beach umbrella or sit in the shade when the sun is the hottest. Look to find nice, breezy locations in the shade for your toddler to run and play.
These are some good tips for childproofing your toddler during the heat of the summer months. There are also some preventative measures you should think about as well for your toddler. Your toddler should only play on playground equipment that is age appropriate. Check to see that the playgrounds have mulch, sand or rubber surfaces to be safe. Always check their clothing to make sure nothing foreign has come into contact with them for safety. Always be sure your toddler uses a helmet and knee pads when riding bicycles or scooters. Never leave a child unattended when you have windows or doors open or anywhere around water.
Summer months should be fun for you and your toddler. By childproofing your toddler, you will have a much safer and more enjoyable summer time.
Vanessa Schwitzer writes about parenting, safety & finding the best group health insurance quotes.