As a parent, it is incredibly important for us to keep our children safe at all times. Short of wrapping your child in bubble wrap before sending them out of the house, there’s always doubt when it comes to letting them out without your supervision.
There are however a lot of things you can do to keep your kids safe and sound when they play outside, giving you peace of mind whenever they leave the house, and avoiding having to use McGilberry & Shirer LLP for any injuries.
1. Apply sunscreen
If the day is sunny, it is important for you to apply sunscreen to your child before they head for a day outside with their friends. Even in the winter, the sun’s rays can be damaging to a child’s sensitive skin so it is always good to be safe and apply a good layer of sunscreen to them before they go out.
2. Make sure they have sunglasses
The sun is a powerful and beautiful star, and it is all too tempting for a child to stare directly at the sun to see its yellow colour. However as we know, the strength light coming from our native star is too powerful for the eyes, and prolonged staring can lead to eyesight issues. Make sure that when you send your child outside that they have sunglasses on to keep their eyes safe.
Water is something that is incredibly important when it comes to health. Children should ideally drink around 3-4 cups of water a day, more if they are older, and this is something that will keep their body healthy and their mind clear. When sending your child for a playdate in the sun, make sure to pack a bottle of water with them that they can drink on their journey.
4. Protect against allergies
Hay fever is one of the most common allergies in the world, and chances are your child will suffer with it at some point or another. Make sure before your child heads out to play that you give them an antihistamine to protect them against congestion. As well as this, it is important to note any other allergies your child may have such as a peanut allergy, and make sure that they have an epi-pen with them, and that anyone who is with them knows that they cannot eat peanuts.
5. Prepare them for the weather
There is always the risk of changing weather conditions throughout the day, and this becomes especially apparent as we head into autumn and winter. When sending your outside, make sure that they are set for any weather. This means pants and a t shirt, a hoodie, a coat, and an umbrella just in case it rains. This allows them to take layers off if they are warm and layer up when they get cold.
6. Repel bugs
One of the biggest pests outside the house is bugs. Bugs such as mosquitoes and horse flies are incredibly irritating but they can also bite and cause a skin reaction to your child. Horse flies in particular are dangerous and can cause severe swelling. This is why covering your child with strong smelling sunscreen and spraying them with repellent is a must.