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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer Safety

As I watched my little guys enjoying a fun-filled day of Slip-N-Slide, sprinklers (yes, sprinklers plural...3 to be exact!), water table toys, and sand castle building, my mind couldn't help but wander to how important summer safety truly is. We love to spend big blocks of time outdoors come rain or shine, but it's particularly important during these hot, sunny days to take the right precautions to ensure a healthy dose of fun both now and for a lifetime.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a Summer Safety Tip Sheet that I think is a must-read for anyone planning to spend time outdoors this season. They cover everything from general fun in the sun to heat stress in children. They also provide guidelines regarding safety during many common outdoor activities, including pool safety, playground safety, bicycle safety, skateboard/scooter/in-line skating/heelys safety, and lawn mower safety. Lastly, bug safety is addressed, including revised recommendations regarding the use of repellents containing DEET on children. Make sure you're in the know this summer to ensure safe and happy fun in the sun!


  1. Visiting Nurse Service of New York blogger and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Sandra McTernan wrote about babies and summer heat with some advice that you may find useful @


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