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Protect Your Kids by Teaching Them About Bike Safety!

We wanted to share information below, found on www.safekids.org, with all parents and caregivers regarding bike safety. 


"BIKE SAFETY FOR BIG KIDS
Big kids love their bikes - help them be safe by getting a great helmet and knowing the rules of the road.If they haven't already, your children are just about to lose those training wheels. Here are a few tips to keep them safe as they soak up the adventure.

Top Safety Tips

Helmets

We have a simple saying: "Use your head, wear a helmet." It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.

Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting. Here are instructions on how to properly fit your child's helmet.

You'd be surprised how much kids learn from watching you, so it's extra important for parents to model proper behavior. Wear a helmet, even if you didn't when you were a kid.

Your children's helmet should meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's standards. When it's time to purchase a new helmet, let your children pick out their own; they'll be more likely to wear it for every ride.

Bikes

Ensure proper bike fit by bringing the child along when shopping for a bike. Select one that is the right size for the child, not one he or she will grow into.

Actively supervise children until you're comfortable that they are responsible to ride on their own.

Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10, so limit riding to sidewalks (although be careful for vehicles in driveways), parks or bike paths until age 10.
No matter where you ride, teach your child to stay alert and watch for cars and trucks.

Long or loose clothing can get caught in bike chains or wheel spokes. Dress young kids appropriately to ensure a safe ride.

Before the ride, make sure the reflectors are secure, brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly, and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated.

Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers.
Bikers should make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.

Tell your kids to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible.
Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.

When riding at dusk, at dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights – and make sure your bike has reflectors as well. It's also smart to wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve biker visibility to motorists."

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Skating / Skateboarding Safety and Your Children - What You Need To Know

We found these tips on www.safekids.org and wanted to share. Have fun and be safe :)!

"SKATING/SKATEBOARDING SAFETY

Learn tips to keep your child safe as they skate or skateboard. Your kids are getting the hang of rollerblading or skateboarding. The best way to let them keep pushing their limits is to make sure they’re protected against a serious injury.

Top Safety Tips

Every skater should wear a helmet. Wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads are a good idea for everyone, but especially for beginners. Mouth guards are good protection against broken teeth.

Limit skating to bike paths or areas set aside in public parks. Kids should ride on smooth, dry surfaces located in a well-lit area away from traffic.

Teach kids to check skates and boards for problems before each use. If there are any cracked, loose or broken parts, the item should not be used until it is repaired.

Teach children to minimize the impact of a fall by crouching down as they lose balance to reduce the distance to the surface."

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Do You Know Which Sunscreen is Safest For Your Child?

The EWG's 2017 list of the best scoring sunscreens for kids is out!  Enjoy the sun and be safe! Information below is taken directly from www.ewg.org

"EWG’s Best Scoring Sunscreen Lotions for Kids

There are more than 239 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2017 Sunscreen Guide. We took a closer look at the best-rated sunscreens specifically marketed for use on babies and kids. We selected the best scoring 19 products:

Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30
All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
Babytime! by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, SPF 35
Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby, SPF 30+
BurnOut KIDS Sunscreen, SPF 35
California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Caribbean Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 30
Goddess Garden Organics Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Kiss My Face Organics Kids Sunscreen, SPF 30
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50
Sunology Natural Sunscreen Kids, SPF 50
Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40
ThinkSport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30

How we made the list:

EWG examined every product in this year’s Sunscreen Guide with an overall score of 1, and a green rating for ingredient hazards. We selected products unambiguously marketed for use on babies and children by including those with the terms “baby,” “kids,” “little,” “children” and “pediatric” in the product or brand name. We did not review product images, which are more subjective, and note that some of our other best scoring sunscreens include packaging that suggests use on babies and children.

This year, 49 baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in our database. Of those, 30 are lotions. The other 19 are sunscreen sticks. Some studies indicate that people tend to apply too little sunscreen when using sticks, so those products are not listed here.

For brands with multiple products that scored a 1, we selected one product to display, choosing a fragrance-free version when available, or a water resistant or “sport” formulation over other formulations, as those tend to offer greater staying power.

We reviewed product packaging and usability of top-rated products. We do not display products on the best-scoring kids list if they are not currently available for purchase, do not follow labeling guidelines, or if their packaging raises contamination concerns.

Parents should know that the Food and Drug Administration does not set any criteria or additional requirements for sunscreen and body care products marketed to children. EWG has not identified any systematic differences between the types of products marketed to children and the general population.

Disclaimer: Sunscreen manufacturers frequently reformulate their ingredients and packaging. EWG’s 2017 sunscreen database gathers information from sunscreen companies directly and reviews products sold by major retailers. When purchasing a sunscreen, you should check the ingredients to make sure they match those for the product listed in the database."

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Do You Know About Kids and Scooter Safety?

Kids are very active, no questions about it. Scooters are among some of their favorites methods of getting around. While kids have great fun riding scooters, we, as parents / caregivers cannot overlook the importance of following / teaching our kids some safety rules. Still, even while following all rules perfectly, we tend to occasionally deal with injuries, related to riding a scooter. We found this article on www.orthokids.org and wanted to share it with you. Happy and safe scooting :)!



"Overview

There are electric scooters and manual scooters that you must push with your foot. They are a fun way for children to be active and get around. However, scooters are dangerous when used around cars and traffic. Injuries can also happen if the scooter is moving very fast and you fall off.

Common injuries

According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, 67,000 kids went to the emergency room because of scooter related accidents. Over 59,000 of these accidents occurred on manual scooters. Injuries are as small as minor cuts and bruises but can also be very serious, such as broken bones and head injuries.

Recommendations

Children should not use a scooter if they do not have enough balance or coordination. A child under the age of 8 should never use a scooter.
A parent should show the safety features of the scooter to a child before a child rides a scooter. This includes safety gear and brakes. The parents should then watch the child with the scooter in a safe, open area.
Before riding – check that the steering column and handlebars are locked into place. Also check that all nuts and bolts are tight before using the scooter.
Children should always wear protective gear when operating a scooter:
helmet
wrist guards
knee and elbow pads
Children should wear long pants and long sleeve shirt when operating a scooter.
Children should wear proper shoe wear that won’t fall off and will protect the top and bottom of their feet. Sneakers are very protective. Flip-flops are not.
Avoid dangerous ground or bad weather:
No riding on steep hills
No riding over obstacles
No riding on slippery, sandy, or icy surfaces
No riding on streets or any place where there are cars, buses, or trains.
Do not use a scooter at dawn, dusk or at night.
Do not do any stunts or jumps."

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