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June 3, 2024

Fun in the Sun: Summer Safety Tips For Kids

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Fun in the Sun: Summer Safety Tips For Kids

Water parks, outdoor picnics, popsicles that melt on your tongue. These are all signs summer is finally here! But before you head outside with your little one, it’s important to take precautions to beat the heat and avoid dehydration and sunburns.

Before you dive into the pool, let’s dive into some summer safety tips for kids.


Slather on the Sunscreen

    The American Academy of Dermatology recommends kids of all ages wear sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and has UVA and UVB protection.

    If you’re heading out for a long day in the sun, help your child reapply sunscreen every two hours. Reapply more often if swimming or sweating to make sure they’re covered.

    As the weather warms up and kids head outside more often, it’s a good idea to keep a tub of sunscreen with a squirt bottle top right by your front door. This way, you’re reminded to apply before going outside.

    Use car carriers and strollers with sun shades to protect infants from the sun. You may want to invest in a small portable and clippable fan to keep your infant safe from heat exhaustion.

    Stay Hydrated

    It can be easy for kids to get caught up in playing outside and forget to drink water. However, this can lead to headaches, fatigue and dehydration.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children aged 1-3 drink four cups of water per day, and children aged 4-8 drink five cups per day.

    Here are a few tricks to help your child drink more water:

    • Infuse fruits in water to help it taste better.

    • Buy small, reusable water bottles with a carrying handle that your kids can easily hold and refill.

    • Try funky cups and straws that are colorful or feature your child’s favorite animal or character to make drinking water more fun.

    • Make homemade popsicles for an afternoon snack to up water intake.

    Invest in Safety Gear

    Summer days are full of adventurous activities on wheels like biking and rollerblading. It's important to have the proper safety gear on hand before your child hits the pavement.

    Make sure your child has an adjustable bike helmet that fits well. If your child is just learning, knee pads and elbow pads can help cushion any falls. If your child is rollerblading, it’s recommended they wear knee pads, elbow pads and especially wrist pads.

    Investing in reflective clothing for evening and nighttime rides, and ensuring your child’s bike has reflectors is also a good idea.


    Be Mindful of Bugs

    In the summertime, the bugs come out to play as well. It’s important to be mindful of the different types of bugs you may encounter before heading out for your summer activities.

    When camping or hiking in the woods, be wary of ticks. Indiana has three common types of ticks. To prevent tick bites, dress your kids in lightweight long-sleeve shirts and pants, and tuck the pants into high socks.

    Buggy bands, infused with natural insect repellents like citronella, are easy for kids to wear and can help keep mosquitos away.

    Find Fun Indoor Activities Near You

    There are some days in summer when it’s better to beat the heat and head indoors. Prepare a list of indoor activities you can enjoy with your kids this summer. Here are a few ideas:

    • Check out one of Indiana's many children’s museums, such as the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Children’s Museum of Evansville or Terre Haute Children’s Museum.

    • Go bowling at your local bowling alley.

    • Bounce around at a trampoline park near you.

    • Join in on a storytime session at your local library.

    • Take an indoor fitness or yoga class together.

    • Catch a movie in IMAX.


    Looking for more things to do this summer? Check out our blog on summer learning activities for Hoosier preschoolers.