Summer is finally here, which means swimming, backyard barbeques, hikes, and other fun outdoor activities. While summer is one of the best times to make memories with your kids and enjoy the great outdoors, it’s important to exercise caution around higher temperatures and intense sunlight. Especially in Arizona, the dry, desert heat can cause heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and other health issues related to the temperature. This post will detail some summer safety tips to remember when playing outside with your kiddos so you can focus on making memories and having fun. If you’re searching for a fun and engaging early learning center in Arizona to send your child this summer, look no further than Valley Learning Centers! With 10 locations across the state and an incredible and certified staff, your son or daughter will enjoy learning and thriving with Valley Learning Centers! Give us a call today!

Sun Safety

Playing outside and swimming are two of the best activities during the summer, but it’s important to exercise caution during extremely high temperatures like we enjoy in Arizona. Try to stay out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time during the hottest period of the day, which is usually between 11am and 3pm If you and your kiddo do plan to be outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Sunscreen is a must to protect against sun damage and burns, so make sure to spray or rub some sunblock on before heading out to play. You can also purchase UVA/UVB-blocking clothing for your child as well to add another layer of defense. If you do notice that your son or daughter suffered a sunburn, immediately remove him or her from the sunshine and apply a cool washcloth. A minor sunburn can be treated at home with cool showers or baths, a topical analgesic, and aloe vera gel, but if you notice blisters or swelling, it’s best to visit the doctor just to be safe. Sun poisoning is also another serious issue, so if you or your kiddo is showing signs of weakness, tingling, fever and chills, nausea, or a headache, see a doctor immediately.

Water Protection

More that 76 percent of water-related accidents and deaths occur every year around or in a body of water. One out of four deaths in children is caused by drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you do plan to swim or enjoy a beach trip with your child, closely monitor all water play. Remember, drowning doesn’t always look like “drowning”. There is very little thrashing, splashing, yelling, or waving when a person is struggling to survive. A drowning victim is unable to call out for help because his or her focus is on breathing and trying to not inhale water. Some signs of drowning to look out for include:

  • Trying to swim but not making any headway
  • Eyes unfocused or appearing glassy
  • Hair over eyes or face
  • Legs still
  • Being vertical in the water
  • Gasping or hyperventilating
  • Appearing to climb an invisible ladder

If you notice a child or adult exhibiting these symptoms, immediately call 911 and alert a lifeguard if possible. Trying to rescue a drowning person can actually land you in danger because their panicked response may cause you to sink below the surface and struggle to stay afloat as they cling to you. In general, children are usually very loud and boisterous when playing in the water. If you notice that your child suddenly becomes quiet, check to make sure he or she is alright and not experiencing water distress.

Other Summer Safety Tips to Remember

Summer is a wonderful time of year, but there are also some other rules to remember to avoid trips to the emergency room:

  • Keep all food cold and make sure to wash raw fruits and veggies before consumption to avoid food poisoning
  • Use bug spray when playing outside to keep bug bites and allergic reactions at bay
  • Dry ears after exiting the pool, lake, or ocean so swimmer’s ear won’t cause pain and tenderness
  • Don’t use fragrances or perfumes on your child to avoid bee or wasp stings

It’s also important to keep a first aid kit on hand just in case of an emergency.

Enjoy a safe and fun summer by using these tips. At Valley Learning Centers, we’re proud to offer excellent and engaging early learning centers across Arizona. For more information about the center closest to you, contact us today!