Its summer time and you want to take your kids along with you on that seaside holiday. You need to know as much as you can about safety tips for children when they are at a beach. Kids wander, they get up to things so fast that if you are not careful, you might find yourself overwhelmed or even have your child in actual danger. Let’s have a look at some basic safety steps that you need to take into account. We’ll start with the children and then move on to the environment.
You want your child to be as comfortable as possible, so the clothing that they wear is important. They need to have swimming gear if they going to be in the water, but when they are out, they need to wear something to protect their delicate skins from the hot sun. Even with sunscreen on, children get sun burned much faster than adults. Get them to wear a light cotton shirt over their shoulders and then wear a hat. The cotton fabric that you choose should be highly breathable and loose, but do not let them get close to the water in it: cotton gets heavy once it absorbs water and can pose a drowning hazard.
Sunglasses protect their sensitive eyes from taking in too much light. There are sun rays bouncing off the sea and the sand and everything looks too bright. As you buy your own sunglasses, get you kids some too.
Suntan protection is a must, and you should remember to apply it often when the children are exposed to the sun. Get shades too, especially for the midday sun. If you notice that they are burning, it is worthwhile to skip a day at the beach – go and explore the inland or shop.
Make sure that they remain hydrated all the time – this is critical especially in very hot weather where they can get heat stroke.
When it comes to the environment, there are things that you can do to ensure that your children are safe. The first rule of the beach is to make sure that your children do not leave your sight for even a moment. It’s hard to do this because they are so active and you want to rest, but explain to them that they should stay close enough to hear when you call, and then start a game for them right next to where you will be.
If a beach is too crowded, it becomes even harder to see your children even if they are not too far. Consider using the beaches at times when it isn’t too crowded, like early in the mornings and late afternoon.
It can be tempting to leave your kids in your hotel room and go out to eat, especially dinner when they are tired and fall asleep. This is not advisable at all. There are hotels that offer nanny services – you get someone to stay with your children for you to go out for a few hours. Use a service like this if you have to go out. Children, when left alone, can injure themselves or meet with someone who has poor intentions. Ask the hotel when you make your booking if they offer this kind of service, otherwise consider taking someone along with you who can watch your children while you take a break.