With summer break just around the corner we are gearing up for lots of outdoor summer fun. Here are a few tips to help keep your child safe and healthy during summer break.

  1. Promote water safety– Never leave children unattended in pools and wear properly fitted life vests when participating in water activities.
  2. Protect against the heat and sun– Always wear sunscreen and/or hats when outside in the sun, and never leave children unattended in the car even if the window is cracked, cars heat up very quickly!
  3. Stay hydrated– Drink plenty of water. Sugar containing beverages like soda pop and juice can promote dehydration but a frozen water bottle can provide cold refreshment for hours.
  4. Stay cool– Take cool showers, wear light clothing, relax in an air conditioned space, and drink cold beverages. Heat stroke is serious and can be life threatening. If you suspect that someone may be suffering from heat stroke call 911.
  5. Protect against bug bites– Use an effective insect repellent when going outside and remove any objects with standing water from around your home.
  6. Protect against injuries– Protect against concussions and head injuries by making sure your child wears a helmet when riding their bikes and scooters, and using skateboards and roller skates. Make sure your child is monitored at all times when riding in places where automobile traffic is present.
  7. Educate about stranger danger– Remind your child to never talk to or go with anyone (male, female, or child) that they do not know.
  8. Protect against animal bites– Remind your child to never touch or pet an animal that they do not know.
  9. Notify caretakers about allergies– Warmer weather means more insects and fun treats. Remember to remind caretakers about any allergies that your child may have and provide all necessary medications.
  10. Prepare for next school year– Summer doctor and dentist appointments can fill up quickly. If your child will need a physical examination or medical paperwork completed for the 2016-2017 school year, schedule appointments now to avoid the end of summer rush.

I hope you all have a fun and SAFE summer and I look forward to seeing you next school year!

By Nerissa Conley

Nerissa Conley is a school nurse at Morgan Park Academy, a private school located in Chicago, IL.