Summer Survival Kit

Summer Survival Kit
By:  Wendy Ray

Surviving summer with your kids can be a challenge; l

ong hot days, not much to do, they can easily get bored. P
arents can help their kids out by putting together a summer survival kit. It's a fairly easy thing to do that can help parents and their children avoid a lot of headaches this summer.

Leslie Simms worries about her five year old son CJ. CJ's a typical little boy and he plays rough. "You never can tell; your kids will do anything," Leslie says. Leslie's always ready for CJ's bumps and bruises. Kids like CJ will be outside a lot this summer, and Southeast Pediatric Hospitalist Suha Alkadry says it's important for parents to be prepared. "They're going to have a lot of heat and be losing water. Hydration is in my opinion number one," Dr. Alkadry says. Always have water available for your children. Kids get so busy playing outside they'll forget to ask for something to drink and may become dehydrated.

It's a good idea to stock up on simple lunch and snack foods like cereal and peanut butter for sandwiches. Vegetables and fruits in ziploc bags are also easy for kids. You should also put together a first aid kit. "I think it's always a good idea to have an initial first aid kit available to fulfill immediate needs," Dr. Alkadry says. That needs to include band-aids, cleaning solutions, and an Epi-Pen if your child is allergic to bee stings.

Even though most kids love being outside, they will get tired of it. Make sure you also have activities for your child to do inside your home. "Whether that's reading or artwork. If they're older they can be the computer or a combination of other things," Dr. Alkadry says.

Dr. Alkadry adds that kids are adventurous by nature so they can get into trouble sometimes even if they don't mean to. It's important to remind them about the rules you have for your home.