Summer Safety Tips

By: Susan Ramsett
By: Susan Ramsett

It may be cooler out there Thursday, but don't let that fool you. You still need to protect your kids from sunburn.

The Bridge Community Health Clinic in Wausau recommends all children wear a sunscreen with and SPF of at least 30, but children with fair skin should wear higher protection.

You should also make sure the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. And make sure to re-apply every half hour, even if it's waterproof.

If your child does get a sunburn, the best way to ease the pain is with a cool bath or cloth. You should avoid using any greasy ointments, and stick to a soothing aloe vera gel. If you child becomes nauseous or lethargic, or if the burn looks infected, you should have it looked at by a medical professional.

Here are some summer safety tips:

  • Wear a helmet and safety gear when biking, skating and skateboarding, and when riding scooters, ATVs and horses. Studies show helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 85-percent.

  • Use layer of protection to prevent a swimming pool tragedy. This includes placing barriers completely around your pool to prevent access, using door and pool alarms, closely supervising your children and being prepared in case of an emergency.

    For more tips, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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