For most kids, summertime is the season of no school, sprinklers, and ice cream cones. But parents know it’s also the season of sunburn, mosquitos, and broken bones. Putting together a summer safety kit can help prevent tears while keeping the fun going all the way through August.
Safe Bug Spray
There are many effective bug sprays out there, but they are laden with chemicals that are potentially even more dangerous than the bugs themselves. Instead, opt for a safe and more natural bug spray that will still get the job done without the toxins. While citronella oil is often thought as the best essential oil option, Lemon Eucalyptus is actually so powerful that it has been acknowledged by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a natural biopesticide repellent.
It’s important to implement the helmet rule at a young age so it becomes an automatic rule. And remember that a helmet is required for anything on wheels, not just a bike! Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and more. Be sure that the helmet fits your child properly, as a helmet that is too large or small can be just as bad as no helmet at all.
Ticks are awful, tiny creatures that are difficult to detect. Prevention is the best medicine, so if your child is heading into the woods, long grass, or an area known for its tick population, insist on long sleeves, long pants, and socks. Spray with tick repellant, and perform a tick check as soon as your child comes back inside.
Lots and Lots of Water
Dehydration is a serious issue, especially with young children who are likely to forget how thirsty they are in the midst of an intense game of capture the flag. Freeze a half-full water bottle overnight and then fill it with water the next morning. Be sure it’s always accessible to your child, and offer a reminder every 30 minutes to take a few sips. If your child isn’t a fan of plain water, try making it more tempting with fruit flavors or a bit of lemonade powder.