Proper Parenting

Going to the beach is one of the most popular vacation destinations during the summer season. You can relax in the sand, catch a suntan, or ride the waves. But health experts are warning parents of the dangerous hazards at the beach, including jellyfish, sunburns, and more. Follow these easy-to-learn tips to keep your children safe this summer season.

Watch For Jellyfish

More than 800 people were stung by jellyfish along the Florida coastline in just three days in June. Due to the startling increase in jellyfish, public beaches are implementing warning systems to alert beachgoers when a high number is detected in the waters.

If you see a purple flag flying on a beach, that indicates “dangerous marine life.” You might want to stay away from the water.

Understand Rip Currents

Rip currents are very strong currents of water that move along the surface of the sea. Once you’re caught in one, it’s almost impossible to get out by yourself, even for a skilled swimmer.

If you happen to get caught in a rip current, don’t swim away from it to the shore. Instead, swim parallel to the beach. You will eventually swim out of the current and you’ll be able to return to the shoreline.

Always Wear A Life Jacket

Beach safety is different than pool safety, according to the American Red Cross. Children can lose their footing even in the shallow ocean water.

The Red Cross recommends children to always wear a life jacket in and around the water. Ocean water is unpredictable, so you never know what can happen. In addition, teach your children to face the ocean, not the beach. Waves can surprise young kids if they don’t see them approaching. Face the ocean so they’ll be less frightened.

Remember Sun Safety

Babies and young children have sensitive skin; therefore, they don’t adjust to heat as well as adults. With this in mind, be aware of the sun. Babies younger than six months should be kept out of sunlight to limit the risk of heat stroke. Plan your beach visits either in the morning or later in the evening when the sun’s rays aren’t at full power. But most importantly, remember to always apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before going to the beach.

Remember to watch your children at all times, teach them to use the buddy system in the water, stay in the sight of a beach lifeguard, and stay hydrated. Have fun this summer at the beach, and stay safe!