Noting when children participate in outdoor activities

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When summer holiday arrives, children provisionally pause for school learning to enjoy their holiday. However, parents often find it difficult to make their children have fun with both usefulness, efficiency and safety.

Unlike when they are at home, children playing outside will have to face with many unpredictable risks. Parents can refer to a few tips for children to play outside safely:

1. Some places children can participate in outdoor activities

Park: Children need to be facilitated fully to play in the park or playground because of the essential part of children’s developing process. Therefore, parents should be aware of the dangers that may occur such as unsafe playgrounds, weeds, pond and lake, animal fertilizer, rocky road, etc. Keep children playing only in areas that are carefully fenced and have the safely checked amusement devices. Do not forget to tell your children not to come near the restricted areas or eat any strange fruits.

Playing with sand: The first things parents should do is checking if there are any glass fragments or sharp objects in the sand, so that children will be able to go in bare feet safely and play comfortably. Remember that safety is leading point parents need to care about.

If the child wants to invert the sand, do not forget to play with him/her and take some attached toys together such as shovels, rakes, and other building supplies to avoid risks caused by these things for children. A child can meet with an accident at any time without the observation of his parents, especially when he use lots of danger tool like that.

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Swimming (in swimming-pool or beach): Drowning is regarded as one of the most popular causes of death. So, there are some safety standard precautions recommended, including: take care of children under constant supervision, let them learn how to swim early, how to make artificial respiration, or if your house has a private pool, there must be a pool fence,… Always make sure that children have life jackets when they are on boats or other means of transport on a sea. Lifejackets will keep them safe in case of emergency with water.

Picnic: When children go on a picnic with their friends, school, they will be looked after by teachers and people in charge. However, parents should also see the detailed schedule to prepare well for the child with supplies, medicines, or anything they think will be necessary for the child on his picnic…So that he/she can use them whenever he/she needs.

Sunbathe: Today, time for learning or using the computer, phones make up nearly all of children’s time. Then, they need to spend times being exposed to the sun and breathe the fresh air. However, parents should not give them too much sun exposure. Because the strong sunlight in summer can make children take some risks, such as: sunstroke, skin rash, headache, even increase the risk of skin cancer in the future.

2. When children play outdoors, be aware of several things:

Don’t let children outdoors at the bright sun from 11 am to 3 pm. Rub suntan cream with protection index (SPF) at least 15 to protect the skin of children and about 5 to 6 hours for a rubbing time, especially after swimming (using sunscreen is not soluble in water).

Children can also sunburn on cloudy days, so on these days, parents should also remember to apply sunscreen to them when going out. Children should be reminded to wear eye UV protection glasses.

Encourage children to play in the shade, keep far away from sunlight reflected areas such as: water surface, sand surface, snow, mirror, glass,… Good preparation will make a good day.

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When children sunburn: Soften by the warm bath, apply a wet towel, rub liquid with Calamine substance or skin cream to abate the burns. Do not puncture the blister. Make children drink more water, and keep them indoors until be well again. With more severe sunburn, like shivering, fever or vomiting, take the child to the doctor immediately.

And the most important thing is that you have to know first aid: Any parents should also learn about first aid for children. This base knowledge can be very useful when children are at any risks. For example, parents should learn how to stop the bleeding, how to treat burns or what to do when children choke on a bone or food. Training course to aid children will help parents to learn about this knowledge.

Let’s add this information to ensure the safety of children when they play outside!

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