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Don’t take a break from safety

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It Author: Janet Handrigan,MD

Spring break is a great time to escape the cold Minnesota winter. Whether you are headed for a tropical paradise or a stay at a water park, keep these tips in mind to guarantee a fun, safe vacation.

Sun safety

  • Keep babies out of direct sunlight. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs, and use brimmed hats.
  • Dress children in sun-protective clothing.
  • Wear sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection.
  • Apply sunscreen a half hour before going out in the sun and every two hours thereafter.

Beach safety

  • Never swim alone.
  • Stay within arm’s reach of your child.
  • Be aware of rip currents.
  • Watch weather conditions.

Pool safety

  • Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa.
  • Teach children basic water safety tips.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Have a phone nearby.

Remember to stay hydrated. Being in the sun all day and playing in the water can get your body dehydrated rather quickly.