Summer Safety Tips for Little Ones

Danielle Macinness - BDB - Floating Hospital for Children - Summer Safety Tips

This post was sponsored by Floating Hospital for Children as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

As a mom to an almost one year old (!!!), I am so grateful to live in a city like Boston where we have such great healthcare. As a mom, it is so comforting to know that we have so many excellent hospitals and care providers close by. I also love that we live in the heart of so much amazing medical research. My hope is that in Milo’s lifetime, there will be many new discoveries and cures for the most prevalent illnesses.

Our mom is a nurse, and although she hasn’t been a practicing RN for years, we grew up hearing about what it was like working in a hospital. Our grandfather was a surgeon and with over 30 first cousins, there would always be a scratch or cut that he’d be fixing at the kitchen table — definitely made for some memorable moments!

We’ve partnered with the Floating Hospital for Children to share how the full-service children’s hospital is at the forefront of pediatric inpatient and outpatient services. Located in Chinatown, the hospital prioritizes community partnerships and intimate patient relationships as they are a smaller hospital.

We can’t help but smile when we walk by the old FAO Schwartz bear that sits happily on Washington Street. At the Floating Hospital for Children, patients are the inspiration, and they prove that you don’t have to be big to be strong. As a mom, I know that to be so true.

We’re helping the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center spread the word on summer safety. We love warm weather and sunshine, but are also keeping in mind all the ways that we can keep ourselves and our kids safe as we enjoy the summer heat. Dr. Emory Petrack, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at the Floating Hospital for Children says, “to stay safe from the sun, children should always wear sunscreen and sun-appropriate clothing.  Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen between 15 and 30 SPF. Always reapply sunscreen on children after swimming.  Hats, sunglasses and long sleeved clothing provide even further protection.” We always reapply sunscreen throughout the day, and also swear by hats and SPF clothing.

There are lots of other ways to ensure safety with young kids this summer, including being careful around water and always be sure to have an adult nearby. An adult should always be in the water with a toddler-aged child or younger. Also, be sure to protect children from ticks and mosquitoes by using a safe insect repellent when playing outside and try to cover when hiking or playing in the woods or long grass.

We are looking forward to having lots of fun this summer — wishing you a safe and happy season!

For more information on keeping your kids healthy, please visit www.floatinghospital.org.

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