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Summer safety tips: The family guide

summer-safety-poolThe warm weather is finally here, which means many kids will be spending more time outside. We’ve assembled our best family safety tips for playgrounds, pools, pets and much more. Be sure to check out the entire guide, and keep it handy.

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Keep kids safe in extreme heat

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Temperatures are set to skyrocket all across the East Coast for the next few days. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your family stay safe in the summer’s first heat wave. For more summer safety tips, download Boston Children’s Hospital’s summer safety brochure.

If your children are playing outdoors, make sure they take water breaks, even if they’re not thirsty. If a child complains about any of the following he could be overheated or at risk for heat illness:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps

If your child has of any of these symptoms, have him lie down in a cool, shaded area with his feet slightly raised, with drinking water and a cool cloth on hand.

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AAP: young kids ready for swimming lessons

Some kids under the age of 4 maybe ready for swimming lessons
Some kids under the age of 4 maybe ready for swimming lessons

The weather is finally warming up and schools are getting ready to close their doors for summer break, which means many families will soon be spending more time in and around water. With proper supervision, swimming activities are a great way for kids to get exercise and cool off, but parents need to be aware of the risks.

Drowning continues to be the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 19, with toddlers and teenage boys among the biggest risk groups. This summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated guidelines on water safety and drowning prevention, including a relaxed stance on swimming lessons for children less than 4 years old and updated suggestions for guarding large, portable and inflatable pools that have gained popularity in the past few years.

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