mom applying sunscreen to daughter at beach

As the warmer weather approaches, your family is likely looking forward to hikes, beach trips, and picnics in the park. Remember to make your outdoor activities safe activities by taking a few important safety precautions that are necessary when the temperature heats up and the sun comes out.

Our daycare teachers at Child’s World Academy put this list of tips together to help you protect your little ones in the summer heat. Read them below, and enroll your child at our local daycare center in Monroe today!

Tip #1: Remember Sunscreen

Children six months and older need an application of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater applied 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, and after children swim or sweat a great deal. Young children have sensitive skin that is still somewhat new to sunshine, making them more susceptible to sunburns than adults. 

Tip #2: Cover Up

Light-colored clothing can keep kids cool and protect them against UV rays on hot, sunny days. Dress your children in protective hats and in lightweight beach cover-ups with longer sleeves if you plan on spending some time outside. 

Tip #3: Keep Babies Out Of The Sun

When infants are younger than six months, it’s important to keep them out of direct sunlight and dressed in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Infants are still getting accustomed to their surroundings at this point, and their skin is especially sensitive during this stage in their development.

Tip #4: Timing Is Everything

If you have young children, avoid playing outside during the hottest parts of the day. Going out before 10:00 a.m and after 4:00 p.m. is ideal on days when the temperatures are dangerously high, which is not unheard of here in Monroe. 

Tip #5: Remember Pool Safety

Swimming pools should have fencing around them, with doors that close and lock. Your children should know to never go near the pool without an adult present. Even kiddie pools should be emptied after use to avoid accidental drowning. Babies’ heads are heavy and their arms are weak, putting them at risk of falling into a pool or bucket of water and not being able to get out on their own. 

father and son drink water while hiking

Tip #6: Check For Ticks

Ticks love to live in grass, trees, and in wooded areas. As much as we’d love to tell you to keep your child in long pants all summer to avoid ticks, that’s unrealistic. However, make a tick check an evening ritual during the summertime, keeping an eye out for little black or brown spots that weren’t there the day before. Ticks like to hide in damp, warm areas, so be sure to check armpits, elbows, and creases behind the knees. 

Tip #7: Stay Hydrated

To avoid dehydration, children need at least 12 ounces of fluid before engaging in an outdoor activity. Enforce mandatory fluid breaks during activities that cause your kids to sweat, with the recommendation being nine ounces every 20 minutes. Hydrated kids are happy kids!

Tip #8: Remember Car Safety

It takes 10 short minutes for a car to heat up by 19 degrees on a summer day. Children’s bodies overheat more quickly than adults’, so it is important to be mindful of this if you have to return books to the library, mail a package, or drop something off at a friend’s house and are tempted to have your little ones stay put. Do not leave your children in the car even for a minute or two, as the consequences of a short time in a hot car can be devastating.

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What precautions does your family take to stay safe in the warmer weather? Share with your fellow parents in the comments section, and let our staff know when you visit our drop-in daycare in Monroe!