• Avoiding and Treating Spring Allergies, which can cause your child to have a lot of sneezing, plus a clear runny or stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes and a cough, especially when he has spent a lot of time outside.
  • Water Safety to protect your children when they are swimming or boating. Most importantly, always supervise your children around the water.
  • Sun Safety to prevent damage from too much exposure to the sun. Regular use of sunscreen in children can lower their risk of skin cancer by almost 78%. But remember that sunscreen only works if you use it correctly and it does not substitute for limiting too much sun exposure. Many parents make the mistake of using sunscreen and then allowing unlimited sun exposure.
  • Using Insect Repellents Safely to prevent bites from mosquitoes, etc. which can make your child miserable.
  • Teach your child to swim, but remember that younger children shouldn’t be left unsupervised around water even if they know how to swim. The AAP recommends that children under age four not be given formal swimming lessons, especially as a primary means to prevent the risk of drowning.
  • Always wear a safety approved life jacket when on a lake, river or ocean while boating, water skiing, jet skiing or tubing.
  • Warn your children about playing in canals or other fast moving water.
  • Do not let your child play around any water (lake, pool, ocean, etc.) without adult supervision (even if he is a good swimmer).
  • Don’t allow running or rough play around the water.
  • Childproof your swimming pool with a fence around your backyard and a fence (at least 4 feet high) around the pool, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Also consider having a phone poolside and learning CPR in case of emergencies.