It’s outdoor season, and that means the little ones are getting their vitamin D from the sunshine. Being outside is a lot of fun for the children because they see how beautiful nature can be. However, this is also the time of year when parents get more nervous about children being outside. Children have a wide range of imagination which is wonderful but also scary because of the different things outside that might interest children.

Children from two to eight years are more prone to exploring new things they have not seen and are more likely to pick up or touch items they should not touch. 

Items that children will be curious about:

  • Spray Bottles 
  • Gardening/ Lawn Tools
  • Toxic Plants (Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac, Foxglove, etc) 
  • Weed Killer 
  • Bug Spray 
  • Cleaning Products 
  • Any Chemicals 

These are just some of the items your little ones can get into while unsupervised outside. That is why we should always be watching them until they are old enough to understand the difference between what products are safe and which ones are harmful. There are many ways to prevent your children from getting these products. The first one is teaching them at a young age the difference between what plants harm them and what to do if they accidentally touch them. For gardening/ lawn tools, all chemicals should be locked in a shed. If you do not have a shed, you can buy a container and keep it in the garage or basement where the kids can not reach it. 

We can only supervise so much outside because the kids will be kids, and they will explore the outdoors.That is why before we go outside with our kids, we make sure that there are no harmful things in their view. Another thing to be careful of is to watch out for the sun. The sun can harm children especially when they are dehydrated and not wearing sunscreen. This summer, let’s keep our children safe while being outdoors. 

Tips on keeping your children safe while in the sun:

  • Sunscreen children every two hours (especially after swimming and sweating).
  • Keep your children hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Have children wear sunglasses or hats to protect their eyes. 
  • Do not let them be in the sun too long. Ensure they have a shaded spot to cool down from the sun.

Have a great summer while keeping yourselves and your children safe while enjoying the outdoors!

Reference

Philadelphia, The Children’s Hospital of. “Know the Plants in Your Garden — for Your Child’s Safety.” Www.chop.edu, 27 June 2019, www.chop.edu/news/health-tip/know-plants-your-garden-your-child-s-safety.