Keep your kids sun safe this summer
Thankfully, June is just around the corners and that means sunny skies and more time outside! After a long winter and the highs and lows of early spring the sun is definitely our friend, but remember the sun can be dangerous, particularly for children. An Inflatable Bouncer, Obstacle Course or game from The Backyard is a great way to get the whole family outside to enjoy the amazing weather. There are units with roofs to provide shade and options for all sizes of yards, families and budgets. With proper supervision and by following these rules set out by the Canadian Pediatric Society you can keep your child safe and healthy while you enjoy the great weather this weekend and all summer, whether that’s in Our Backyard or Yours:
Avoid being in the sun for long periods of time at the start of the season. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend outdoors with your child over a period of several days. When possible, stay indoors or in the shade during the hottest time of the day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To prevent sunburn:
Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Children don’t necessarily feel thirsty while at play.
Be alert for signs that your child is experiencing heat illness and needs to go inside. These include thirst, fatigue, leg or stomach cramps, and cool, moist skin, which can be a sign of heat exhaustion. Bring your child inside or into a cool, shady area, and offer frequent, small sips of water. Removing extra clothing and fanning can help your child cool down slowly.
Most importantly, lead by example and remember to protect yourself from the sun as well.
May 27, 2020