How to avoid summertime injuries

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Despite the inevitable monsoons and soaring humidity in Thailand, summer is still your average kid’s favorite time of the year. For a brief, magical period there are, to quote the rather dated song, no more pencils, no more books and certainly no more teachers’ dirty looks. In lieu of their usual routines and small avalanches of homework, kids are free to run around and enjoy outdoor activities or head off to summer camp.

The only glitch? Summer might be a child’s dream, but it’s often a parents nightmare. Children are faced with a whole lot of freedom and the great outdoors. I’ve lost count of the number of times my kids ran off for a day of summer camp and came back with skinned knees, scraped elbows or, in more serious cases, a broken arm or a fractured collarbone.

What’s a mom to do? Of course I want my kids to act like, well, kids, but I also want to make sure they come home in one piece. Here are some tips on how to let them run wild without hurting themselves. That way, they can enjoy their summer and you can have your peace of mind.

Watch out for dehydration.

With Thailand’s high humidity, dehydrated children (and adults) often don’t notice how thirsty they are until it’s too late. Adults need to drink 2.2 to 3 liters of water a day, according to the Mayo Clinic, and children need almost as much. Make sure your children keep hydrated, especially if they are physically active or out in the sun a lot.

Take heat exhaustion seriously.

Bangkok’s notoriously high temperatures mean that heat exhaustion poses a real threat to children and adults alike. Be extremely cautious when your children want to play sports on hot days. Make sure that they take regular rests and get out of the sun to cool down.

Make sure they learn water safety.

As much fun as it is to go swimming at the pool or in the ocean, it is critical that your children observe proper water safety behaviors. Never let young children swim unattended and make sure your children take swimming lessons.

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Teach your kids what to do when someone is choking.

Do your kids know the Heimlich Maneuver? Do you? When someone is choking, everyone in your family should know how to react without thinking first.

Keep a first aid kit handy at all times.

You never know when you might need it.

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