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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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Summer first aid tips for parents

Meaghan_OKeeffe_1Meaghan O’Keeffe, RN, BSN, is a mother, writer and nurse. She worked at Boston Children’s Hospital for nearly a decade, in both the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Pre-op Clinic.  She is a regular contributor to Thriving.

Summer provides ample opportunity for enjoying nature, playing outside and gazing at skies full of stars. But some of the side effects of all that outside time—scrapes, stings and other minor injuries—can take some of the fun out of summer. Here’s a quick refresher on some basic first aid every parent should know this time of year.

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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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Playing it safe in the heat

How hot is the metal at your child's favorite playground?

Slides, seesaws and jungle gyms remind us of carefree childhood days, but as we get older, the allure of playgrounds becomes much less simple. These outdoor havens are great ways to encourage physical activity in kids, but strong summer heat can also cause them to become danger zones. Here, Lois Lee, MD, MPH, director of trauma research at Children’s Hospital Boston, breaks down summer playground safety and suggests ways to keep your outing safe.

Recent reports of children who have burned their hands and feet on hot playground gear underscore the need for shady spots in playgrounds. “Ideally, it would be great for kids to have access to shaded playgrounds to keep cool and out of the sun, but it’s not always realistic,” says Lee. She recommends making sure kids have sunscreen on their faces and bodies, dressing them in lightweight, protective clothing and keeping them out of direct sunlight between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun is most intense.

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