5 Memorial Day Safety Tips for Children

As we approach Memorial Day, a time for family gatherings, outdoor activities, and fun in the sun, Anderson Hills Pediatrics wants to ensure that your children stay safe and healthy. Here are our top 5 safety tips safe Memorial Day weekend and summer:

  1. Sun Protection: Ensure your child is protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Apply a 15-50 SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to your child’s skin 30 minutes before going outside. You’ll want to choose a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. If possible, avoid oxybenzone due to concerns about mild hormonal properties. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating. Don’t forget hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing to shield their skin. Sunburns can occur quickly and increase the risk of skin cancer later in life, so it’s essential to stay vigilant.
  2. Water Safety: Whether you’re at the pool, beach, or lake, constant supervision is key. Children should always be within arm’s reach when near water. Make sure they use life jackets, not floaties or jumpers, if they are not strong swimmers and enroll them in swim lessons to build their water confidence and skills. Remember, even shallow water poses a drowning risk, so never leave children unattended around water.
  3. Hydration: Keeping children hydrated is crucial, especially during hot weather. Encourage them to drink water regularly, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugary drinks and sodas, as they can lead to dehydration. Offer water-rich fruits like watermelon and cucumbers to keep them hydrated and refreshed throughout the day.
  4. Safe Play: Outdoor activities like biking, skateboarding, and playing sports are great for exercise but come with risks. Ensure your child wears appropriate safety gear, such as helmets and pads. Supervise playtime and set boundaries to keep them away from hazardous areas like streets and driveways. Encourage safe play by teaching them the rules of the road and the importance of being aware of their surroundings.
  5. Insect Protection: Memorial Day often means time spent in nature, which can expose your child to insects like mosquitoes and ticks. Use insect repellent containing DEET or other recommended ingredients. Dress your child in long sleeves and pants when possible, and check for ticks after outdoor activities.

Our Anderson office will be open for limited hours over the weekend and on Memorial Day morning for ill/urgent appointments. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

In closing, we would like to take a moment to honor and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Wishing you a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

Thank you for trusting us with your child’s care!