Children are prone to many infections both at home and outside, on summer vacation, often in swimming pools, and on trips.
Accidents and the great suffering that they entail can be avoided, when the necessary instructions and measures are followed.
During the summer holidays, children spend more time at home and doing recreational activities, which makes them more vulnerable to injuries such as drowning, suffocation, burns, falls, and poisoning. There is a noticeable increase in deaths in the summer, compared to the monthly rate of deaths in one year.
We must be aware of the dangers surrounding our children and be vigilant so that we take the necessary measures to prevent accidents.
Here are recommendations on how to prevent accidents and injuries at home, at the sea, in the pool, at the hotel, and while traveling by car:
Traveling by car in summer:
Many people take advantage of the summer vacation to travel to distant regions, which take a long time to reach. Try to keep the following safety rules and precautions every time you get in a car:
Children should be placed in safety seats, booster seats, or belted, according to their age and weight.
It is recommended to take short breaks during long trips in order to recover and do some exercise.
Children should not be left in the car alone, even for a few minutes, even if the window is open. The temperature inside the car rises very quickly, and children who are kept in the car can be at great risk.
The driver must make sure that there are no children in the car when exiting it.
Maintaining safety in the hotel:
in the room:
All doors to the balcony must be closed, and all windows must be closed.
Put the electric water heater, out of the reach of children.
Always check the temperature of the water before bringing the children into the bath – the water that comes out as soon as the tap is turned on is very hot!
It is recommended that infants and children sleep in their own beds.
It is recommended that infants sleep on a low bed or a mattress on the floor.
In the pool and the sea: When in any pool, an adult must supervise children under 9 years of age.
Before the trip – you should plan the itinerary well, taking into account the age of your children, the difficulty of the path, and the length of time the itinerary takes. You should have the right equipment: a hat, closed and high shoes, long pants and enough water.
You need to make sure that your child is within your field of vision, for the duration of the trip. In addition, do not let your children pick up objects from the ground, as they may be injured by dangerous reptiles. It is not permissible for you to enter water pools where swimming is prohibited. And in places where swimming is allowed, you should keep a close eye on your children. Also, avoid deviating from the specified flight path.
Safety rules at home:
Children under 12 years of age should not be left alone without adult supervision.
Teach your children the necessary phone numbers, and put a list of these numbers in a place known to them and accessible to them.
Put matches and lighters in a high and closed place, so that children do not play with them.
Safety rules in the water, in the summer:
Did you know that infants and young children may drown in water less than 10 cm deep?
When children and infants are near a pool of water, they should be supervised and supervised, including the sea, infant swimming pools, and bathtubs. You must empty the water tank or swimming pools for children, immediately when the children have finished swimming. You should also fence the area around private swimming pools, and close the gate leading to them, to prevent children from accessing them. It is recommended that children under the age of 5 not be taught to swim, and of course, they should not be left near the water alone, even for a moment.
Children’s lifestyle changes in the summer holidays, which makes it more difficult to maintain consistent feeding habits. Children spend a lot of time in front of the TV or computer screen, sleeping, the sea, and the swimming pool, and the fast-food that children eat, which leads to their weight gain.
You should follow the following recommendations in order to maintain a healthy and balanced diet for your children:
Plan with your children the daily program for the family, including mealtimes.
Prepare the food in individual meals, so that it is easy to reheat them later in the microwave.
In order to prepare quick meals, use frozen carbohydrates (corn, peas and chickpeas), ready-made grilled chicken, and prepare a salad, you will have a complete and fast meal!
Avoid buying fast food.
Reduce the number of times you eat outside. If you decide to eat out, it is best to order grilled meat, chicken and fish, with vegetables.
Try to limit the purchase of snacks and foods rich in calories.
Prepare healthy snacks such as chopped vegetables, popcorn, ice cream, and fruit.
You should make sure that your children drink plenty of water or diet drinks.
Encourage your children to exercise.
Limit the hours of watching TV and sitting in front of the computer.
Remember! To your children, you are a role model, they follow you and your feeding habits. You affect your children’s health and lifestyle.
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