Being a parent is a lot of work throughout the year, and summer seems to be a short period everyone can enjoy. Though you aren’t taking your kids to school or soccer practice every day, however, you still are responsible for your children when they are having fun. Just in case something goes wrong during your summer fun, learn these basic first aid techniques.
Cuts and Scrapes
Kids are always jumping off things, touching things they aren’t supposed to, and getting into trouble. Oftentimes, this will result in them getting a deep cut or scrape on their arm, leg, or stomach. When this happens, they are likely to cry, but you as the parent shouldn’t panic.
Unless the cut was deep enough, you should be able to handle this problem with basic first aid skills. Have an emergency box with ointment, bandages, and alcohol swabs to alleviate your child’s injuries. After they have cried it off and the cut has been cleaned up, they should be back to playing in no time. Just keep an eye on the injury).
Insect Bites and Stings
Just as the sun attracts your children outside, many insects and bugs are also waking up and loving life in the heat. Unfortunately, since children get themselves in sticky situations, the insect’s and child’s paths are likely to cross at some point. Stinging insects come in many varieties, and some of them can be dangerous—particularly for young children.
For one, they have smaller bodies, making venom more potent than it would be for an adult. Second, most children haven’t interacted with potential allergens, and since bee venom can be lethal to people with bee allergies, you should be extra careful with this. While harmless bites require almost no care, some will send your family to the emergency room.
Dehydration and Hyperthermia
Summer can be hot! Because of this, it can be easy for children to forget to drink fluids. If they have been outside all day, they may suffer from problems associated with dehydration, and at worst hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is when the body’s temperature is far above what is healthy. Parents should get their kids inside or in the shade, have them drink lots of water, and cool them down gradually.
While these are all valid problems you should be paying attention to as a parent, a little preparation can go a long way. Make sure your kids know you’ll be there for them. Encourage them to drink water frequently. Preparation is better than fixing a major problem.
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