May through August is the most dangerous time of year for children, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. In a recent report, Safe Kids found nearly half of all injury-related childhood deaths occur during the summer.
The following recommendations can help keep your kids safe and sound.
Every year, 4,000 Americans drown, with young children having the highest death rate. Here's how to keep your children safe around water:
Shun the sun
One of the risk factors of skin cancer is having frequent sunburns as a child. Protect your kids now and in the future:
Make sure your children wear helmets when riding their bikes. According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, 85 percent of cyclists’ head injuries could have been prevented if they had been wearing helmets.
Helmets should fit snugly and be strapped securely under the chin. In addition to cyclists, skateboarders, and in-line skaters also should wear helmets.
Heat exhaustion can occur in hot, humid weather. Warning signs include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, nausea, and fainting. Move the child to a shady area or an air-conditioned room or car. Provide plenty of cool water or decaffeinated drinks.
Heatstroke is an emergency. Warning signs include high body temperature, red skin with no sweating, rapid pulse, headache, nausea, and confusion. If your child has any of these signs, call for immediate medical help.
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