Editor’s Dose

Editor’s Dose

Summertime Survival Tips for Parents

Before you know it, it will be the last day of school, and we will be diving head first into the summer season.  There will be fun camps, beach trips, days at the park, and pool parties galore.  With this tidal wave of heat and dizzying activity, comes the inevitable stress of the health risks— sun burns, bug bites, dehydration, scraped knees, or— God forbid— a trip to the ER from a more sinister fall.  What can you do to keep the risk level low and the fun level high?  My answer to this question, is that you can never be fully prepared.  Things will happen.  Someone will get hit by a stray baseball.  Someone will have an allergic reaction to a native plant.  Someone will forget to put on their mosquito repellant.  A little mayhem when you have a child (or children) is par for the course.  So, I’ve put together a few survival tips that— at least for this mom of four— helps prevent those summertime hazards.

  • Tip #1: First and foremost, make sure the first aid kit is fully stocked.  If you are on the go a lot (and really, what family during the summer is not?), then make sure you have a full first aid kit in the house and in the car.  One kit is not enough for a busy family.
  • Tip #2: Get more than one kind of sunscreen.  Invest in the lotion, the spray, the rubbing stick— all of them.  Put the lotion sun protection on before you even walk out the door.  Use the easy spray and stick applications for while you are at the beach or by the pool.  
  • Tip #3: Don’t forget plenty of water.  You can’t keep bottled water stocked in the car at all times.  The Florida heat will get to it.  Instead, keep it stocked in the house, and take a cooler with you when you go out— just for the water.  Trust me, when the kids tell you their thirsty, they are already dehydrated, and the last thing you want is a trip to the ER.

I hope these reminders are helpful.  They have certainly made our summertime schedule run a little more smoothly.  Do you have any summertime survival tips?  Share them with us on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/CentralFloridaHealthNews.    

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