Beach Safety with Little Kids
No matter which beach you’re heading to while on vacation in Hawaii, sun safety is imperative when you have babies and toddlers with you. While sun safety is important for every member of your family, it’s especially so for little ones who can’t tell you when they’ve had too much of the sun and can’t apply their own sunscreen. Check out these handy beach safety tips for little kids:
Take every precaution while enjoying the Hawaiian sun, which involves being out of direct sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the harmful UV rays are at their strongest, according to the American Skin Association. For yourself, a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is sufficient; however, for your small child, use a sunscreen of at least an SPF of 30. For babies under six months of age, do not use sunscreen at all; instead, keep them in the shade with wide brimmed hats. For kids, dress them in SPF protective clothing on your young children and keep hats on their heads. For those who like to grab at the hats, buy ones with straps underneath. It’s best to head back to your hotel at around noontime to get a much-needed break for both parents and kids. Take a nap and head back to the beach in the afternoon for a couple more hours of fun.
This goes without saying, but too many people neglect to bring enough water when they hit the beach. You should have at least a couple of water bottles per person, and maybe a sports drink or two to replenish much-needed electrolytes, particularly if your children have been very active playing ball on the beach. Take frequent breaks from playing to hydrate and provide healthy snacks for your kids, such as orange slices and peanut butter crackers. Wait a half hour after eating before becoming active or going into the water to avoid cramping.
Small children have no idea what a rip current is and are defenseless against even the smallest pull of the water. Only visit calm beaches and always hold their hand. Lifeguards should post these warnings daily, so take them seriously and stay at the water’s edge if the current happens to be strong. To be safe, give your small children life jackets and never dive off rocks into the water to protect your neck, advises the Red Cross. Encourage curiosity to a degree in your children, but don’t allow them to touch any suspicious sea creatures or water plants. Alert a lifeguard if you come across anything out of the ordinary.
Take these steps to fully enjoy your Hawaiian vacation. When in Oahu, give us a call at Hoku Hawaii Tours for a tour of our beautiful island when you need a break from beaching it.
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