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Summer Safety

  • Active Vacations Active Vacations

    If an active family vacation sounds appealing, find out how to plan a trip that will be fun without being exhausting, especially for young travelers.

  • Bike Safety Bike Safety

    Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and fresh air and share time as a family. But there's an important factor that you need to consider - safety.

  • Dehydration Dehydration

    Sometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.

  • Fireworks Safety Fireworks Safety

    The summer heat, the smell of hamburgers on the grill, and the sound of fireworks can only mean one thing: It's the Fourth of July. Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

  • Heat Illness Heat Illness

    Active kids can be at risk for heat illness, which can result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. Learn how to prevent and treat heat illness.

  • How to Choose & Use Sunscreen How to Choose & Use Sunscreen

    With all the options out there, choosing a sunscreen for your kids can be tricky. Here's what you need to know.

  • Jellyfish Stings Jellyfish Stings

    Frolicking in the ocean is a summertime rite of passage, but a jellyfish sting can spoil the fun. Here's how to handle it if someone in your family gets zapped by one of these mysterious sea creatures.

  • Playground Safety Playground Safety

    Following these safety guidelines can make neighborhood playgrounds entertaining and safe for your kids.

  • Preventing Children's Sports Injuries Preventing Children's Sports Injuries

    Participation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here's how to protect your kids.

  • Preventing Dog Bites Preventing Dog Bites

    Teaching kids a few basic dog manners will help them enjoy safe encounters with Fido.

  • Safety Tips: Baseball Safety Tips: Baseball

    Baseball is by no means a dangerous sport. But it can present a very real risk of injuries from things like wild pitches, batted balls, and collisions in the field. These safety tips can help keep your kids safe on the diamond.

  • Safety Tips: Basketball Safety Tips: Basketball

    It may be fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries occur frequently. To help your kids stay safe on the basketball court, take a look at these safety tips.

  • Safety Tips: Skateboarding Safety Tips: Skateboarding

    Skateboarding is undeniably cool, but it's also easy for riders to get hurt. Help your kids keep it safe with these safety tips.

  • Sun Safety Sun Safety

    By teaching kids how to enjoy fun in the sun safely, parents can reduce their risk for developing skin cancer.

  • Water Safety Water Safety

    Kids need constant supervision around water - whether the water is in a bathtub, pool, the sea, or a water park. Here's how to keep them safe.

  • Summer Safety Summer Safety

    Keep the fun in summer by keeping your child safe in the sun, the water, and the great outdoors.

  • First Aid: Animal Bites First Aid: Animal Bites

    Animal bites and scratches that break the skin can cause infection. Rarely, animal bites can cause rabies, a dangerous, life-threatening disease.

  • First Aid: Burns First Aid: Burns

    Scald burns from hot water and other liquids are the most common type of burn young kids get. Here's what to do if your child is burned.

  • First Aid: Cuts First Aid: Cuts

    Most cuts can be safely treated at home. But deeper cuts - or any wounds that won't stop bleeding - need emergency medical treatment.

  • First Aid: Dehydration First Aid: Dehydration

    Kids can become dehydrated when their bodies lose very large amounts of fluids. It's important to replenish fluid losses as quickly as possible.

  • First Aid: Heat Illness First Aid: Heat Illness

    In hot weather, a child's internal temperature can rise and cause heat exhaustion, which can progress to heatstroke if not treated quickly.

  • First Aid: Insect Stings and Bites First Aid: Insect Stings and Bites

    Being stung by a bug is often just irritating and doesn't require medical treatment. But kids who are highly allergic to stings may need emergency medical care.

  • First Aid: Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac First Aid: Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac

    Mild rashes from poison ivy, oak, and sumac plants can be treated at home. But severe and widespread rashes require medical treatment.

  • First Aid: Spider Bites First Aid: Spider Bites

    Most spider bites cause mild reactions, but some can cause serious illness or allergic reactions. Here's what to do if you think your child was bitten by a spider.

  • First Aid: Sunburn First Aid: Sunburn

    Mild sunburn that causes redness or irritation can be treated at home, but severe sunburn requires medical attention.

  • First Aid: Tick Bites First Aid: Tick Bites

    Some ticks carry harmful germs that can cause disease. Find out what to do if your child is bitten by a tick.

  • Active Vacations Active Vacations

    If an active family vacation sounds appealing, find out how to plan a trip that will be fun without being exhausting, especially for young travelers.

  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety

    ATVs are off-road vehicles for recreational use. But kids 16 and younger shouldn't ride them. Find out why, and more, here.

  • Are Insect Repellents With DEET Safe for Kids? Are Insect Repellents With DEET Safe for Kids?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Bike Safety Bike Safety

    Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and fresh air and share time as a family. But there's an important factor that you need to consider - safety.

  • Bug Bites and Stings Bug Bites and Stings

    Most bug bites and stings are just annoying. But some can cause infections and allergic reactions. It's important to know what to watch for, and when to get medical attention.

  • Camps for Kids With Special Needs Camps for Kids With Special Needs

    There are many camp choices for kids with special needs. From highly specialized camps to regular camps that accommodate kids with special needs, options abound.

  • Evaluate Your Child's Lyme Disease Risk Evaluate Your Child's Lyme Disease Risk

    The risk of getting Lyme disease from a tick bite is very low. But it's important to know about Lyme disease, especially if you live in certain areas.

  • Firesetting Firesetting

    Kids often are curious about fire. So it's important for parents to educate them about the dangers of fire and keep them away from matches, lighters, and other fire-starting tools.

  • Fireworks Safety Fireworks Safety

    The summer heat, the smell of hamburgers on the grill, and the sound of fireworks can only mean one thing: It's the Fourth of July. Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

  • First Aid & Safety Center First Aid & Safety Center

    Boo-boos, bug bites, and broken bones - oh my! Here's your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about how to keep kids safe.

  • How Can I Get My Kids to Be Active Outdoors? How Can I Get My Kids to Be Active Outdoors?

    Kids parked on the couch watching TV or glued to a computer/smartphone/gaming system are missing out on the great outdoors. It's important for all kids to get outside - here are some ideas.

  • How Can I Protect My Family From Ticks? How Can I Protect My Family From Ticks?

    Find out what the experts say.

  • How Do I Watch for Lyme Disease After Removing a Tick? How Do I Watch for Lyme Disease After Removing a Tick?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • How to Choose & Use Sunscreen How to Choose & Use Sunscreen

    With all the options out there, choosing a sunscreen for your kids can be tricky. Here's what you need to know.

  • Lyme Disease Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and other organ systems. If diagnosed quickly and treated with antibiotics, Lyme disease in kids is almost always treatable.

  • Poison Ivy Poison Ivy

    About 60% to 80% of all people get a reaction to poison ivy. Check out this article for tips on what to do and how to avoid poison ivy.

  • Preventing Children's Sports Injuries Preventing Children's Sports Injuries

    Participation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here's how to protect your kids.

  • Preventing Dog Bites Preventing Dog Bites

    Teaching kids a few basic dog manners will help them enjoy safe encounters with Fido.

  • Safety Tips: Baseball Safety Tips: Baseball

    Baseball is by no means a dangerous sport. But it can present a very real risk of injuries from things like wild pitches, batted balls, and collisions in the field. These safety tips can help keep your kids safe on the diamond.

  • Safety Tips: Basketball Safety Tips: Basketball

    It may be fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries occur frequently. To help your kids stay safe on the basketball court, take a look at these safety tips.

  • Sending Your Child With Special Needs to Camp Sending Your Child With Special Needs to Camp

    You've decided to send your child with special needs to camp this summer. Now what can you both do to get ready?

  • Tick Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide Tick Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Boy, your child's freckles really stand out in the sun - but wait, that one isn't a freckle at all. It's a tick. What should you do?

  • Woods and Camping Safety for the Whole Family Woods and Camping Safety for the Whole Family

    A family camping trip can be an enjoyable experience with a little preparation.

  • Auto Safety Auto Safety

    More kids are injured in auto collisions than in any other type of accident, but you can protect them by learning the proper use of car seats and booster seats.

  • Bike Safety Bike Safety

    Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and fresh air and share time as a family. But there's an important factor that you need to consider - safety.

  • Booster Seat Safety Booster Seat Safety

    Your tot's not a baby anymore! It's time for a big-kid booster seat. But how can you ensure that your child is still safe and secure in the car? Find out here.

  • Car Seat Safety Car Seat Safety

    What's the right way to install an infant safety seat? Is your toddler ready for a convertible seat? Get the car seat know-how you need here.

  • Do My Kids Need Vaccines Before Traveling? Do My Kids Need Vaccines Before Traveling?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Flying and Your Child's Ears Flying and Your Child's Ears

    That weird ear-popping sensation is a normal part of air travel. Here's how to help equalize the air pressure in your child's ears and eliminate, or at least decrease, ear pain.

  • How to Choose & Use Sunscreen How to Choose & Use Sunscreen

    With all the options out there, choosing a sunscreen for your kids can be tricky. Here's what you need to know.

  • Road Rules for Little Passengers Road Rules for Little Passengers

    Use these tips to teach your kids how to stay safe when riding in a car or on a school bus.

  • Road Trip Boredom Busters Road Trip Boredom Busters

    Road trips can be fun and educational with just a little planning and preparation. Here are some ideas to get your family revved up for a trip long on smiles and short on frustration.

  • Rules of the Road for Teen Drivers Rules of the Road for Teen Drivers

    When teens get their driver's license, parents should consider creating their own rules of the road beyond the relevant driving laws.

  • Staying Healthy While You Travel Staying Healthy While You Travel

    When you're traveling with your kids, there's a chance that someone might get sick. But early planning and smart packing can help ensure your family stays healthy and safe.

  • Traveling and Asthma Traveling and Asthma

    With some careful planning, kids with asthma can enjoy all the benefits of a trip away from home.

  • Traveling Without Your Child Traveling Without Your Child

    Here's how to prepare kids before you leave so that you both feel more comfortable when you need to travel without them.

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