The beach can be a wonderful place for children—it encourages activity
in the forms of swimming and playing, fosters creativity in children who
build sandcastles, and allows kids to interact with nature. However, there
are some dangers that parents should always be aware of when visiting
the beach with their children. Take a look at the following safety tips
so you can be well prepared for your next
trip to the beach with your kids.
While some sun exposure is necessary for good health, it's easy to
get too much sun at the beach, and this is especially true for children.
Before you head out to relax on the sand, ensure that you thoroughly apply
sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to any areas of your children's
bodies that will be exposed to the sun. Ensure that the sunscreen you
use protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Keep your kids protected under
the shade of an umbrella between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when
the sun's rays are the strongest.
Keep a Watchful Eye
Even if your children are strong swimmers, it is essential that an adult
guardian be present and alert at all times during family trips to the
beach. If there are several adults in your group, choose one person to
be vigilant about watching the kids as they play and swim for a set period
of time, and be sure to alternate the role. Make sure children never swim
in the ocean alone, and instruct them to swim parallel to the shore, rather
than directly towards it, if they feel themselves caught in a rip tide.
It is very easy for children to become dehydrated or overheated, so practice
sun safety and make hydration a priority at the beach. Make sure you bring plenty
of water with you during each beach excursion, and instruct your children
to take drinks of water throughout the day. Be sure to also pack a few
non-perishable snacks to restore electrolytes lost through sweat and keep
kids' hunger satisfied.
If you're ready to plan a beach vacation, give Williamson Realty Vacations
a call at (888) 692-0560. Our Ocean Isle Beach vacation rentals can provide
the perfect base for your family's next trip to North Carolina. When
you call, be sure to ask about our
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