We all know it has been a long winter, and we are more than ready for the warmer weather to come! The good news is that spring is literally on the horizon, and this is the time to do plenty of spring cleaning. Now that you are looking forward to spending outdoors with your kids, you have to remember that you need to be mindful and exercise caution as well. If your kids are not properly protected when they are spending plenty of time outside, unforeseen problems will crop up. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of anything happening as long as you follow the outdoor safety tips below:
Book an Appointment with Your Child’s Pediatrician
One huge outdoor safety tip that many parents may fail to use is by simply taking the child to the doctor for a check-up. This way, the pediatrician can check the child’s bone health, heart-rate, and overall health. It is crucial that your child’s health is checked for the following potential reasons that can happen while playing outdoors:
- Assess the risk of bones breaking. Kids will be playing outside and they can play rough with one another while they are on the playground at school or at the neighborhood park. If an accident happens like a fall or a push, it is best to be aware of how likely the child’s bones may break. If his or her bone-health is good, then there is less to worry about. If not, then your doctor will tell you what precautions to take in order to reduce the risk of your child breaking any bones!
- Check the child’s reflexes. If the child has good strong reflexes then the child will immediately keep away from any kind of potential danger by instinct. If reflexes are poor, then the pediatrician will end up having to instruct the parents to keep the child away from certain situations that could put the child in harm’s way.
- Examine the heart-rate and pulse. If the heart-rate and pulse are in good shape, then the child will not likely endure any problems with exerting a high amount of energy by running or jumping. However, if a problem is detected, then the child could have an undiagnosed heart condition that will have to be further assessed. That said, the child will run into a problem if exerting any kind of energy unless the problem is addressed beforehand.
- Discuss the possibility of allergies. You may or you may not know about any allergies that your child may have. Because the warmer weather is coming, so many allergens like pollen, grass, and weeds will be coming out. It is a good idea for the pediatrician to refer your child to an allergist to make a proper assessment.
Be Sure to Get Helmets
If your kids are either learning how to ride a bike or are already riding bikes, be sure to have helmets available for them to wear when they go out riding. This way, if they fall, their heads will be protected and there will be little risk of a concussion happening. Helmets are absolutely a must.
Examine Playground Padding
After the long winter, playgrounds can be damaged due to snow and therefore, any kind of padding can be worn away. For instance, the sand on the playground could be hard and even scant. If your child were to fall especially from coming down the slide on the hard surface, then you could be dealing with some broken bones or other injuries. Playgrounds that don’t have enough padding like fresh, abundant and good quality sand must be off limits for safety reasons.
Bring Out the Sun Screen
Once the warm weather hits, the UV rays will be increasing. Therefore, don’t wait until the summer to put sunscreen on your kids. While they are spending plenty of time outdoors, they need to be protected! The sunscreen to be used has to be SPF 30 or higher and must be reapplied every half hour if your child is spending long periods of time outside.
Bring Out The Bottled Water
When kids are playing outdoors for long periods of time, they need to be hydrated by constantly drinking water. If kids are dehydrated they will show signs of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and fainting. That will warrant a trip to the ER. So in order to keep any of that at bay, water has to be available for them to drink while they enjoy their outdoor fun!
The fact that winter is on its way out and spring is taking its place is exciting for you and your kids! You all get to enjoy spending time outside again instead of being cooped up in the home due to cold weather. However, in order to get the most enjoyment out of springtime, be sure to follow these outdoor safety tips!