Keep a First Aid Kit on Hand
Moss advises parents to keep a well-stocked first aid kit within easy reach. "You never know what’s going to happen with kids," he says. If your child goes to camp or plays on a team, talk to the adult in charge. "Make sure the team has a first aid kit and ask who’s the keeper."
You can purchase a first aid kit at a local drug store and supplement it with things like the phone numbers of your family pediatrician, health insurer, along with a list of any conditions or allergies your children have. If anyone in your family has a condition that could require emergency medication, add the drug to the kit. Be sure to keep the kit well stocked and replace expired prescriptions.
Beware of Bad Bugs
Insects have become more than an inconvenience now that some ticks carry Lyme disease and some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus. If ticks or mosquitoes are part of your landscape, there are several things you can do to protect your kids. Take a look at the woods where your kids play. "Are the woods thick with brush or are they well maintained?" says Johns-Thomas. Make sure you check your child at the end of the day for ticks, and remove them. If you find a tick on your child, and you live where Lyme disease is common, speak to your doctor.
Insect repellents with DEET can keep bugs away but should be used with caution. Look for the concentration of DEET on the label -- it should be between 10% and 30%. Lower concentrations work as well as higher concentrations, just not as long. A 10% concentration can repel insects for about 2 hours while a 30% concentration can work for about 5 hours. You should not apply bug spray more than once a day. You can also try products with lemon eucalyptus if you don’t want to expose your child to DEET.
Screen Kids From Sunburn
The sun is at its peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Especially during these hours, children risk getting burned if they spend long periods in the sun. Clothes, shade, and sunscreen are all good ways to protect your child's skin. Equip your child with a brimmed hat, sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays, and cotton clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Apply sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher, and be sure to reapply every 2 hours, more often if swimming or sweating. Avoid lotions that combine sunscreen and bug repellant. Sunscreen needs to be applied more often than bug cream.