Create a safe routine at your neighborhood park

Safe, clean neighborhood parks are one of a community’s greatest assets for families. Kids need plenty of time outdoors for healthy development. Beyond helping kids stay active, parks connect children to nature and give them the free, unstructured play time they need to unleash their creativity. Enforcing a few safety rules will help protect your family at the park. From our family to yours, the pediatric team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital wishes you a safe and fun-filled summer!

Wear sturdy shoes
Loose, floppy sandals aren’t the best choice of footwear for active kids. It’s far too easy for them to trip and fall, twist their ankles or suffer a penetrating injury from a sharp object on the ground.

Instead, pediatric experts recommend thick-soled, sturdy shoes with a closed toe box. Ideally, choose shoes designed to allow for ventilation to help your child stay cool.

Apply sunscreen
If your kids resist wearing sunscreen, make it an official rule that sunscreen must be worn before going to the park. There’s really no difference between sunscreen marketed for adults versus children’s products. Just look for sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection and has an SPF of at least 15 .

Bring the bottle with you to the park, and reapply it every two hours. Remember to slather some sunscreen on your child’s ears, face, neck and the backs of the hands.

Bring water
Young children are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses than the average adult. Bring more water than you think you and your child will need. Use an insulated thermos and add some ice to it to help your family stay cool.

Stay within line of sight
Parks are a great place for kids to run around and enjoy their childhood. At each visit, remind your child to stay within sight of you at all times.

Avoid dog bites
Some parks allow dogs, and children are naturally drawn to cute, furry critters. Teach your child not to run up to a dog and pet it without asking you and the owner if it’s okay.

Responsive children’s emergency care is available at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. If your child sustains an injury at the park and needs an ambulance ride to our hospital, please call 911 right away. Otherwise, you can call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437 for general health information.

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