Summer Safety for Babies

With summer quickly approaching the kiddos will be spending much time outdoors. While there are many fun outdoor summertime activities you should take caution. With the temperatures rapidly rising, you will need to take certain measure to keep your little ones safe. We’ll go over a few tips on summer safety for babies to help you both beat the heat while staying safe.

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It is not recommended to expose babies younger than 6 months to the sun. If you’re planning on spending time outdoors with your newborn be sure to protect them with lightweight clothing that covers well and a sun hat. You don’t want your newborn to become overheated so don’t swaddle or bundle them in blankets when it’s already warm outside. A stroller with a large canopy can provide protection from the sun.

Summertime Safety Tips

Summertime provides great opportunities for having fun outdoors, though it can also pose a few dangers. Overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays can cause burns and raise risk for skin cancer especially in infants. The heat also poses a danger for dehydrations so it’s important to follow these guidelines on summer safety for babies and toddlers.

Amazon Image1. Dress for the Season – Just as you would dress up to keep warm in winter, it’s important to dress accordingly in summertime to avoid overheating and provide protection from the sun. Choose lightweight clothing in bright colors such as shorts and t-shirts (for babies over 6 months) Choose a good sun hat with a brim all the way around to help protect your baby’s face, neck and ears. You should also choose sunglasses with UV protection to help protect your little ones’ eyes from the glare of the sun.

2. Apply Sunblock frequently– Babies’ skin is very sensitive so it is imperative to apply a sunblock to help protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Look for the words broad-spectrum to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Sunblock is not just a one and done type product. It needs to be reapplied at least every 2 hours while the kids are running around and sweating and more often if they’re in the pool. Most infant sunscreens come in a higher SPF than adult sunblock some as much as 70+. You will want to look for one of at least a 15 sun protecting factor. If you’re unsure which SPF is right for your child you can also check with your child’s pediatrician.

3. Stay Hydrated – This is very important to avoid dehydration. In the summer heat, kids can easily become dehydrated especially babies*. Be sure to provide your child with cool water and encourage them to sip it often.

*It is not advised to give infants younger than 6 months supplemental water as it can flush out key nutrients. For younger infants breastmilk or formula should be given.

Pool Safety Tips

You should wait until your baby is old enough to hold their head up on their own before taking them into the pool, generally around 4 or 5 months. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children between the ages of 1 and 14. Even shallow wading pools can pose a danger to toddlers. Large in-ground pools should have a fence around it that is at least 4 feet high and a safety gate with a lock that is out of a toddler’s reach.

Supervision
Same astub safety, NEVER leave your child unsupervised in the pool or around water. Arm floaties are great for older toddlers while learning how to swim but are no substitute for adult supervision. No flotation device such as inner tubes or noodles should serve as a life preserver. Choose a life-vest that fits appropriately and be sure it is U.S. Coast Guard Approved. Amazon ImageAn adult should always be with a child when in a large pool and close by for babies and toddlers in a kiddie pool. If you have an in-ground pool careful supervision is advised indoors as well. You should always know where your child is. Toddlers can move quick and curious tots may venture out so it’s important to be aware that they don’t get out without you knowing.

As an added step of precaution, empty small wading pools and turn them over after your baby or toddler is done playing in them. This will help to prevent accidental drowning if your curious tot does happen to sneak out. It also helps to keep your pool clean and prevent bacteria from growing in standing water. Also, keep toys out of pools to prevent the temptation of a child reaching for it and accidentally falling into the pool.

Swimming Lessons
Professional swimming lessons have helped save thousands of lives every year by preventing drowning incidents. Swimming lessons equip babies with the skills needed to learn how to swim when in the water. Even infants as young as 6 month can begin taking swimming lessons that teach key water exercises for learning how to swim. Be sure to use a trained swimming professional that is CPR certified. One reliable program that teaches infants and toddlers the skills needed if they should accidentally fall into a pool is Infant Swim Self Rescue. Unlike traditional swimming lessons, this unique program teaches infants survival swimming skills in the water through a proven and effective technique. It is a nation-wide program that has become available through the U.S.  You can find out if there is one in your area to enroll your child. Remember, even if your child knows how to swim there is no substitute for adult supervision. Always be sure your child is supervised while in or around the water.

Learn CPR
You never know when an emergency will arise that requires the life-saving technique of CPR. Whether it’s your own or another child, knowing CPR can help save a life especially around a pool or at the beach. Learning infant CPR can also be helpful around children in the event of any life-threatening emergency where the airway is obstructed.

Instill Safety Rules Around Pools

One way you can help your kids stay safe around pools even when they’re with another adult is to establish safety rules. Set these safety rules in place with your child anytime they are around a pool:

  • Never push or throw someone into the pool. Even if they know how to swim, this can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening.
  • Do not dive in above ground pools and only use a diving board for diving into in-ground pools
  • Don’t run around a pool or a dock because they could easily slip and fall into the water.
  • Never go into a pool or body of water without an adult nearby.

There are many pool safety products and services such as swimming lessons that can help minimize your child’s risk of drowning, but always supervise. This can not be stressed enough. With the proper steps in summer safety for babies and toddlers you and your child can enjoy splashing around in the water while staying safe.

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