Like My Mama Always Said…

“There’s nothing funny about safety.” The same phrase that drove me crazy as a kid is now my mantra. Looking back on all the  painful sunburns, stitches, and close calls; I don’t know why my mother ever let me out of the house.

We give our kids rules ranging from wearing helmets/pads, putting on sunscreen, and learning how to be safe around pools that weren’t as common for my generation. It seems like society is trending toward promoting safety more and more, and what a great trend! We’re on board and wanted to give you some reminders of how to keep your kids safe during this last month of summer.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. That is one of the more surprising statistics we’ve ever come across. Poolsafely.gov has a great presentation of all the risks that threaten young children at the pool. So what can you do to keep your kids safe while enjoying a dip in the pool? Check out this great info-graphic from The American Red Cross:

 

 

Pool safety is serious business, but drowning isn’t the only hazard. Sunburns can be a pain, literally. We all know that we should be using sunscreen, but do we all know how? Sunscreen is only effective when you use it right, so double check that you are applying it correctly to your kids and yourself.

  • Apply to dry skin
  • Make sure to cover your face, ears, neck and shoulders
  • Apply 15 to 30 minutes before going in the Sun
  • Re-apply after toweling off, swimming, or heavy sweating
  • Re-apply roughly every 2 hours

These tips are from uvawareness.com who has a lot of good information about uva vs uvb rays, differences between sunscreens, and much more. Get educated and save yourself and children some pain.

Make sure your kids are safe so they can enjoy a last hurrah before the school year begins. If you are worried about an injury your child has had at the pool or anywhere else, remember that you can see a primary care physician the same day you call at any of our clinics using our SeeMeSameDay service.

 

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