Keep Your Kids Healthy This Summer

With most schools out or releasing soon, summer is in full swing nationwide. Kids are rejoicing — but parents might be a little more weary about the coming months, and not just because they might have to arrange childcare.

Summer brings its own set of health and safety concerns that parents have to juggle. Here are our tips for keeping your kids healthy this summer!

Summer Safety Tips for Children’s Health

Watch Out by the Water

Spending time at the pool, lake, river, or beach can be a highlight of the summer — but unless summer safety tips for water are followed, fun can sometimes end in tragedy. Drowning is the second-highest cause of death among children aged 1 – 4, second only to birth defects. That equates to 2-3 children dying per day due to drowning.

By following these safety tips, you can keep your kids safe around the water:Keep Your Kids Healthy This Summer

  • Children playing in or around water must always be supervised by a sober, responsible adult.
  • Adults in charge of children should learn CPR.
  • Formal swim training at an appropriate age is a good idea for children.
  • If you own a pool, install a fence around its perimeter to prevent your child from entering the premises without you.
  • Always wear a properly-fitted life jacket while boating. 

Be Sure to Sunscreen Up

No doubt that your kids’ summer plans include some time in the sun. As we explained last week, skin cancer is a serious risk during any period of sun exposure. Here are our sun safety tips:

  • Apply sunscreen any time you’re outdoors or exposed to sunlight — even if it’s only for a short period, it’s cloudy, you’re in the shade, the sunlight is being filtered through a window.
  • Use 1 oz. of sunscreen per application.
  • Reapply every 2 hours or right after swimming, using a towel, or sweating excessively.
  • Wear protective gear like hats, sunglasses, and light jackets.

Don’t Let Your Diet Falter

In the summer, it can be easy for a healthy diet to fall by the wayside in favor of fast food, BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and all the other summer staples — not to mention the lure of foods you encounter while on vacation! Of course indulging will be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean your overall nutrition needs to suffer. Remember that eating well translates to a healthier you and a healthier family, impacting heart disease risk, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol levels, and more. Here are our summer tips for keeping a healthy diet:

  • Watch your portions. If you’re going to eat something you know is unhealthy, limit yourself.
  • Opt for fresh fruits and veggies. Summer is a bountiful time for crops like watermelon, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, grapes, and strawberries. All are delicious snacks for kids that can be made portable for travels.
  • Try low-fat recipes. If you have a prepare a dessert for your 4th of July party, try a healthy version — there are tons of recipe substitutions and tips online!

Staying Healthy With Test Smartly Labs

At Test Smartly Labs, we care about your family’s health and wellness year round. You can get wellness and clinical lab testing at our walk-in facilities without a doctor’s orders, making it easy for you to monitor your family’s health.

To learn more about our services and how Test Smartly Labs can help your family stay healthy this summer, locate your nearest wellness-certified Test Smartly Labs today!

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