A beach is a place much appreciated by children and a source of discoveries and games unpublished and pleasant that leaves them unforgettable memories! However, it can also be dangerous if one does not take the proper precautions. One thinks immediately of the risk of drowning, but it is not the only danger to be feared. The heat, the sun, a hostile fauna or simply the possibility that the child is lost is also to be considered.
By following my advice, with a little vigilance and applying a few simple rules you can reduce the risk and go to the beach safely with your children.
Protecting children from the sun: essential gestures
- Avoid the sun
We cannot say it enough, it is essential to protect children from the sun. Their skin, even more, sensitive than ours, should not be exposed. Also, avoid as much as possible the beach at times when the UV index is highest (between 11 am and 4 pm) and equip the little ones with hats, jerseys, and anti-UV t-shirts.
- Sunscreen: tips for use
Even on a cloudy day, even under an umbrella, 50+ sunscreens is a must. Choose a formula for children that are sensitive to the sensitive skin of babies and renew the application every two hours and after each bath.
- UV sunglasses
Also remember to protect the eyes of children, very sensitive to UV. Choose glasses of good quality, preferably from an optician who can guarantee the level of protection offered by each model. Prefer that marked CE and offering a protection index of 3 or 4. If your child supports them, know that bandeau shapes protect better than round or fancy glasses.
Swimming, attention danger
Up to 4 months, bathing is to be avoided: the young have not yet received the necessary vaccines and their body is still too fragile to be exposed to germs and risks of infection. Up to one year, swimming will also be limited to a few minutes to prevent the baby from getting cold.
The color of the flag: a key indicator
Drowning is not a marginal risk. It is the first cause of accidental death in children under five and ten centimeters of water is enough for a child to drown. Maximum vigilance is needed to avoid a tragedy. Choose a location near the supervised bathing areas and check the color of the flag: if it is green, swimming is not a major hazard, but if it is orange or red, do not let the children bath. Even if the sea seems calm, strong currents or squalls could drag them.
Vigilance and adapted equipment
Active surveillance of at least one adult is essential when children are in the water. They must stay near the shore and not venture where they do not have a foot. Pups must be equipped with approved armbands or specific buoys when playing in the water or learning to swim. In case of a wave or a hole in the sand that would make them lose their footing, these accessories will keep their heads out of the water.
Be careful also when the water is cold: if healthy adults can brave the elements, children whose body cools quickly will be satisfied with a brief partial immersion.
Heat, a dangerous enemy
The sun is not the only problem in the summer and the heat can also be dangerous. Ensure that children drink enough and that they eat foods rich in water to prevent dehydration. Always carry something with you and accessories to keep your drinks or snacks cool: cooler, cooler bag or bottle etc.
If your home is not air-conditioned, try to keep some freshness inside by opening the windows at night and closing the shutters during the day. If necessary, extend a damp towel in front of the windows and do not hesitate to use a fogger to refresh the room.
Also be careful when swimming at the risk of hydro caution. This phenomenon occurs when the temperature difference between the body and the water is too great. Teach children to gradually immerse themselves and avoid swimming in too cold water after exposure to heat or a large meal. At the slightest suspicious sign (chills, loss of tone), take your child out of the water, warm him up and go to the nearest emergency station if there is any doubt.
To prevent children from getting lost, choose a family landmark on the beach and delimit the game area. Dress brightly colored young to identify them from afar and do not hesitate to equip them with identification bracelets. A label stitched on their t-shirt indicating their name and your mobile number is also.