3 Important Safety Tips For Children

Children are prone to accidents and injuries. It is important for parents and elders to understand it and take necessary precautions and steps to prevent accidents and physical harm in children. Playing in the sun is children’s habit. Children like to play in open and in the sun, which is natural and should not be discouraged, but need to take few safety measures to prevent sunburns and its complications.

Safety tips for young children in sun:

  • Do not expose babies less than 6 months of age to sun directly. Always keep them in shade if you are taking them outdoor.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out and use sunscreen even during cloudy days.
  • Use light color clothing for babies, which should cover arms and legs as well.

For older children the best way to defense against sun is use of sunscreen and covering up with cloths. Older children should be encouraged to wear hat (not cap) with wide brim and use sunglass. Teach children to avoid sun during peak intensity hours, which is from morning 10 AM to 4 PM. Sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher should be used during outdoor activities. Reapply sunscreen every two hors or when required, e.g. after swimming or after sweating.

Swimming pool safety tips:

We all need to take steps to prevent accidents (of children) at swimming pools. Here are few safety tips for children at swimming pools:

  • To prevent untoward incidents at swimming pool, it is important not to leave children alone in the pool or near the pool.
  • Ideally an adult trained in lifesaving techniques should be nearby.
  • Teach swimming to children of 4 years or older only, as children below 4 years are not fit to learn swimming.
  • Life vests can give children a false sense of security and should be used cautiously.
  • Uses only “approved” swimming aids and avoid inflatable swimming aids such as floaties.

Bicycle safety tips for children:

Children like to ride bicycles, which can be made safer and happier by taking some precautions.

  • Buy a right size bicycle for your child. Do not buy a bicycle which is over size and your child have to grow to fit it.
  • Take your child along while buying a bicycle for him/her. Your child can try it out and also you can get the right size bike.
  • Do not give your child a two wheeled bike before age of 5 or 6 years. If you want to give bike to younger children, you can give a tri-cycle instead. If you are giving your child a tri-cycle, make sure you buy a tri-cycle with broad/wide base, which have lesser risk of overturning while riding.
  • Do not forget to provide a helmet and make sure your child uses it while riding bicycle.

How you will know a bike suits/fits your child?

If your child sits on the bicycle and he/she can touch the ground with both feet (preferably with both heels) on either side of the bicycle, while holding the handlebar, you can be sure that the bicycle size is right. If there are handbrakes in the bicycle, make sure that your child can grasp them comfortably and can apply sufficient pressure to stop the bike.

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