Summer is a great time for young people to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. Whether they are young children or teenagers, you can learn ways to keep them safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun.
Master water safety
Water-related activities are a popular physical activity and they have many health benefits. However, they must be enjoyed in a safe and monitored environment. Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. Here are some tips to stay safe while having fun:
Beat the heat and sun
Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention.
Just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
Falls at home and on the playground are a common cause of injury. Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity.
Parents can take many actions to protect their children’s health and safety at home.
Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention