30 May
Summer’s Here, Let’s Be Safe Out There

Dear Mouthy Housewives Readers,

Goodness, you look stunning this morning. Let us drink you in.

Ah.

Today, we’re taking a break from solving your problems with wit and wisdom and are focusing instead on a few public service announcements. They are things that we all know.  And yet, every year there are terrible tragedies that break our hearts.  We are hopeful that by highlighting them now, we will start a discussion, raise awareness and that you and your friends will hear our nagging, and yet oddly adorable, voices as a reminder. So here are some things to keep in mind during this long, hot summer:

1.  Water Safety. Although there is a year-round risk for at home drownings, during the months of May to August, child drowning deaths increase 89% as compared to the rest of the year. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued recommendations, including:

  • Supervision when in or around the Water. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath as well as all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision,” be close enough to reach the child at all times.   Adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, texting or mowing the lawn) while supervising children.
  • Learn to Swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, even when  kids have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision when children are in the water, and barriers, such as pool fencing, to prevent unsupervised access are still necessary.
  • Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In the time it might take for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could make a difference in someone’s life. Classes are usually inexpensive and easily found via community listings.
  • Do Not Use Air-Filled or Foam Toys. Novelty toys such as “water wings,” “noodles,” or inner-tubes should never be used in place of life jackets (personal flotation devices). These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

Please check out the AAP link for more recommendations as well as Colin’s Hope for  some valuable  resources.

2.  Cars. We’ve all heard the terrible news stories of children left in a locked car in the summer.  What seems like an innocent mistake  quickly ends in tragedy.  No one thinks that it will happen to them, and yet it still happens, year after year, again and again. In 2010, 49 children died after being left in a car.  It’s also important to know that a  child’s temperature regulating system is still immature, and therefore different from ours.  A child’s body temperatures can warm at a rate 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s.   Children have died from heat stroke in a vehicle with outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees F.

Develop a system to make sure that you never leave a child in the car, no matter how many things are going on. It could be as simple as a “buddy system,” such as  texting a friend after you removed your child from the car. Whatever works for you.  Just know that if you need a back up reminder, you should have one.  Please share your ideas in the comments.

3.  Sunblock While certainly not as dramatic as our first two summer dangers, using sunblock should be a part of everyone’s summer routine.  As the sun radiates light, (er..shines) part of the light contains ultraviolet (UV).  The UVA rays damage the skin and contribute to its wrinkling and the development of skin cancer.  Most people get between 50 to 85% of their total lifetime sun exposure by the time that they are 18 years old, so it’s especially important for parents to teach them about sun damage and protection.

So let’s be safe out there.

Love,

The Mouthy Housewives

6 Responses to “Summer’s Here, Let’s Be Safe Out There”

05.30.11#1

Comment by natecammom.

Thank you Mouthy Housewives for the great summer safety reminders. I’d like to share a personal story, if that’s ok with everyone. 🙂 About 4 years ago my youngest son fell in our pool. I was hosting a back to school party for my local MOMS Club chapter. No one was swimming yet and but there were about 8 adults and twice as many kids in the backyard. NO ONE SAW OR HEARD THE SPLASH! Thank God my nephew spotted him and grabbed the nearest adult who jumped in and saved him. He is fine, but it’s a reminder about how quick something like that can happen. I still get chills thinking about how close we were to losing him. Stay safe this summer everyone!!

natecammom Reply:

That should be “but there were 8 adults” haven’t had my coffee yet.

05.30.11#2

Comment by MommyTime.

Also, EVERYONE who ever takes any child near any body of water should read this article about what drowning really looks like. It is shocking what our misconceptions might be, and this could save a life.

05.30.11#3

Comment by Rene.

Heard a good tip on the kid in the car thing, put your purse or something you have to have when you get out of the car in the backseat with them.

N and Em's mom Reply:

Good advice. Most of the time this occurs when there is a change in routine. My kids used to go to the same building that had elementary and preschool. My oldest didn’t have school and was going to play at a friend’s house. I dropped off my preschooler and was halfway to work before a voice from the backseat said, “Mommy, I thought I was going to Laura’s house today.” I had forgotten about her after leaving the school and was in autopilot. Babies are particularly vulnerable because most people have a rear-facing carseat in every car they own.

05.30.11#4

Comment by Bean.

May I add one more? Lightning. If it thunders, take cover. Now. My BIL was umping a little league game 2 years ago when it thundered. He called the game immediately – but two boys got hit (one killed) before they could get the kids off the field.
Have fun & be safe!

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