When the weather warms up to a seriously sizzling climate, it’s easy for us to get in a tizzy (especially little ones), and especially after the harsh and long cold weather we’ve had. We plan tons of outdoor excursions and entertainment, dust off our sandals, and get ready to finally bask in all of the summer glory.
In all this excitement, we tend to forget that with the humidity, also comes some safety concerns and some not-so-pleasant visitors like allergies, horrible sunburns and pesky bugs like mosquitoes and ticks.
Enjoy the summer weather by being smart and taking the necessary precautions to make the most of the sunny days!
1) Enjoy the sun – responsibly!
Making a conscious choice to keep your skin happy and healthy is crucial all year, but especially in the summer season. Make sure to use a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen which means it will screen out both UVB and UVA rays. You will need this even when it’s not very hot out.
We love the new Coppertone ClearlySheer Whipped because it leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized. The rich and creamy foam absorbs quickly while protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays. Plus it smells nice!
Kids are outside almost the entire day in this weather. Keep your little ones’ skin safe with Coppertone Kids® Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 60. I much prefer the spray because it’s quicker and easier to apply on children. If you’re more active outdoors, especially great for those in sports, Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 stays on strong when you sweat and designed to provide spot sun protection for exposed areas such as ears, nose and face.
2) Protect your head!
Make sure to wear the right head gear if you plan to be outdoors, and that includes your kids too!
While baseball hats are usually the go-to, try a sun hat with at least a 3-inch brim all around.
3) Limit Sun Exposure and Stay Hydrated
This may not be easy but on extremely hot days, try to limit your sun exposure between 10am and 4pm when UV rays are the strongest and most importantly, stay hydrated!
In the summer months, use the 20-minute rule: Drink water at least every 20 minutes.
To prevent heat stress and heat stroke, adults and children should stay hydrated when outside on hot and humid days.
During activities less than one hour, water alone is good; however, if you’re going to be outside for more than an hour, you should add a sports drink to replenish electrolytes.
4) Bug Off!
As tempting as it is to lather your skin with the pretty-scented lotions and perfumes this summer, keep in mind that scented soaps, perfumes and hair sprays can attract mosquitoes and other biting bugs.
Try to avoid areas where insects nest or gather, such as pools of still water, uncovered foods, and gardens where flowers bloom (so hard to avoid, I know!).
Make sure to use a good bug spray with DEET which the chemical that wards of ticks (which can carry lyme disease) and mosquitoes (which can spread West Nile virus). Pediatricians recommend 10% to 30% DEET for children older than 2 months, but do not use for infants. A great spray is Muskol Mosquito Repellent Aerosol which provides 8 hours of protection against pesky bitin’ bugs!
5) Aid yourself
If you’re going hiking or camping, always make sure to bring a first aid kit with you. The kit should include antibiotic ointment, adhesive bandages, anti-itch gels, elastic bandage, allergy meds (Aerius Allergy meds have always worked best for me and the kids!), allergy eye drops (like Hydrasense’s Allergy Eyedrops) and emergency hydration and electrolyte replacement drinks.
6) Safe Waters
Summertime and swimming just go hand in hand but you need to make sure you remain smart and cautious near the waters. Set limits on each persons ability – if you’re not a great swimmer, you may want to ensure you’re not canoeing without a life jacket (and/or more experience swimmer with you) or jumping into a lake without knowing how deep it is or where the water dips.
Stick to pools, lakes and beaches where there are lifeguards and don’t ever allow your kids to swim unattended.
7) Play It Safe
As basic as these tips may sound to you, don’t be surprised that many parents often forget these very simple yet extremely important things when allowing their children to play outdoors.
Helmets always stay on! For bikes, scooters, anything that involves wheels/ride-on’s.
At the playgrounds, take a good look at equipment before letting your kids play. Look for rotted or worn out woods and plastics that can have sharp edges and do a surface check before your kids excitedly slide down or swing (these can get really hot in the summer and cause burns).
8) Keep Your Cool
Cars and homes should always be kept at a comfortable temperature during sweltering months. Before you plan to drive away and put your little ones or pets inside, start the car first and cool down the interiors by turning on the AC or cracking open the windows.
And last but certainly not least, NEVER, EVER leave a child, pet or anyone for that matter inside vehicle that’s been turned off (even with a window open). Vehicles attract a ton of heat from the sun and the interior gets incredibly heated very quickly.
Besides, you shouldn’t be leaving a child alone inside a vehicle ever, but you knew that already, right?
I hope these tips help you to secure smart choices and make the most out of an amazing summer ahead!
Do you have any of your own favourite summer must-have products or summer smart tips? I’d love to hear them!