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  • Summer Safety Tips

    Summer is here— a time when the sun is shining, grass is growing and kids are out of school! With the fun season ahead, I thought I’d share a few, simple summer safety tips to implement in your life over the next few months.

    Water SafetyAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov), drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.

    -Always keep a close eye on your kids when they are in or around water. Never let your children swim unsupervised by a responsible adult.

    -Teach your kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect children from drowning. For swimming lesson information, check out here: http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/Swimming-Lessons-in-OKC/.

    -Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). To get certified, check out here: http://rdcrss.org/1XXvreC.

    -If your home has a pool, install a four-sided fence around it so children can’t get in or fall in when alone.

    -When around big bodies of water such as a pond, lake or ocean, make sure to properly fit your kids into a life jacket every time.

    Sun and Heat SafetyThe CDC says that infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk for heat-related illness, and even just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your children’s risk of skin cancer later in life.

    -Cover your children in clothes that protect their skin against UV rays. Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

    -Always use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your kids go outside.

    -Never leave your children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are open.

    -Plan your outdoor activities for the morning and evening hours.

    -Take cool showers and baths.

    -Always seek medical care immediately if your children have any symptoms of heat-related illness.

    Bug SafetyWith all of the diseases out there such as Zika, West Nile and Lyme disease, make sure to protect you and your children with the proper preventative tips.

    -Always use a safe and effective insect repellent when outside.

    -Have your yard sprayed for fleas and ticks.

    -Anytime you come inside after being outside, make sure to check you and your children for ticks. For an easy tick removal guide, check out here: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html.

    Play Safety: In the United States each year, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries (cdc.gov). Usually falls at home and on the playground are the most common cause.

    -Always supervise you kids when they are on playground equipment and stairs.

    -Make sure surfaces underneath playground equipment are well-maintained and safe.

    -Always make sure your children wear a helmet when they are riding their bike or scooter, roller blading or doing any other recreational activity that requires protective equipment.

    It’s fun being a kid (or even an adult!) in the summer with all of the great activities to do. Keep these easy tips in mind and make sure to share them with your friends and family as well. I hope you have the best and safest summer yet!

    For the babies,

    Sarah

  • Hot Temps Pose Danger for Children

    It happens every year. Just as soon as the temperature soars above 100 degrees, we hear heartbreaking news of a baby left in a sweltering hot car.

    Authorities believe the death of a one-month-old girl from Ardmore, Monday, may have been heat-related. According to media reports, she was traveling in the back seat of a car with no air conditioning and only one working window when she was discovered unconscious and rushed to the emergency room.

    Often times, we hear similar stories of parents or daycare workers accidentally forgetting a sleeping baby in the back seat. Those stories never have a good outcome. With outside temperatures in the triple digits, the inside of your car literally becomes an oven. We've all seen the news reports and science experiments where they cook an egg or bake cookies on the dashboard of a car, right? It only takes a few minutes before a car with the ignition turned off becomes dangerously hot and deadly.

    This is why we are once again advising parents to take appropriate precautions to protect their children during these scorching summer months.

    Here is the best advice for any caretaker: put your purse, briefcase or any other item that you always take with you when you leave the car in the backseat. That way, when you go to grab your bag, you will also be double-checking the backseat to make sure your baby isn't still in it.

    Please use the same caution with your pets, as well. Moral of the story, don't take any chances. If it's living, don't leave it in a hot car.

     

  • Summer Time!

    It's that time of year! Temperatures are climbing, the sun is shining and many families are looking for ways to keep their little ones cool in the summer heat.

    When I was a little kid, I loved the water! Sometimes my parents would pull out the kiddy pool or the slip 'n slide (remember those?) and my sister and I would spend hours splashing and having a blast. I still remember the bathing suit I wore when I was just a tiny tot. It was bright pink and had a picture of Miss Piggy on the front (thanks mom), but I loved it! Those memories have stuck with me for decades. This week, when we put out the baby and toddler swim wear in our "clothing shop," all of those great memories came flooding back.

    It's great to know that the babies and toddlers we help will have a bathing suit this summer. Hopefully, when they grow up, they'll remember exactly what it looked like, and have a million great memories to go along with it.

  • Oh How Summer is Upon Us

    As we swelter together through Oklahoma’s June heat, all I can think about is my summer vacation. Where am I going this year? Will it be laying on the beaches of California with my family or visiting with my best friend, Kevin, at his back woods cabin deep in the cool woods of North Carolina or maybe bear hunting with a friend in the mountains of Montana.

    I haven’t decided where I’ll go yet, but anywhere seems to trump another day of 105 degrees. Wouldn’t you agree? My head is filled with thoughts of hotel deals, car rentals, and which airline won’t jip me on a 51 pound suitcase I’ve worked three days to zip closed! For two weeks, each year, I get to walk away from it all and take a little trip to get the R&R I desperately “think” I need. Wherever I go, I’ll most certainly take pictures, dotting over them for the next year, after all who doesn’t take pictures to show their family and friends? Oh, I’ll probably buy a few souvenirs to remember the occasion or to share with some special people when I get back.

    This year, as Infant Crisis Services launched its “hunger never takes a vacation” campaign I started thinking about families who never get my “two week luxury.” What if the tiny 6 pound newborn had to wait two weeks before we were able to help her mother with formula? “She barely makes it two hours before it's time to get a new bottle ready,” her mother says.

    Hunger doesn’t walk away from 15 month old Eli, who just learned to say “bye- bye!” What if he had to wait on me? During June, July, August and on and on, hunger will be present for the babies and toddlers of central Oklahoma, whose families struggle to provide basic needs like food, formula and diapers. So before you walk down the terminal at Will Rogers or set sail on the cruise of a lifetime, remember that “hunger never takes a vacation.”

    - Judith Cope, Outreach Coordinator

  • Hunger never takes a vacation

    Summertime -- for many children it is three months full of sunshine, swimming and fun.  Unfortunately, for many families we serve, summertime is a struggle.

    For 8-month-old Samuel and his big sister, Kia, summer is hard on their family.  With Kia home from school, their mom had to quit her job because they could not afford daycare for both children, no matter how many hours their dad worked.  With one less income during the hot months, they are constantly stressed about feeding their family of four.

    The formula, food and diapers provided to Samuel at Infant Crisis Services will help ease the burden of their low-income summer.  It will give the family the extra money they need to put food for all of them on the table.

     - Miki Farris, Executive Director

              
        
             
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