Basic Beach Tips for Kid Safety

1. Apply sunscreen early and often. We’ve all been in that situation where a full day at the beach has turned every inch of our formerly vibrant skin, into a red, blistery mess. So it should come as no surprise that applying sunscreen shows up at the top of the list. It’s necessary for adults and absolutely mandatory for kids, whose skin is far more sensitive to the sun’s rays then ours is. Add to that the amount of time that kids are in and out of the water, and the liberal SPF 30-sun-block application you diligently applied a few hours ago, has suddenly become non-existence. That’s why it’s a good rule of thumb to re-apply sunblock after every dip in the ocean or pool. It keeps you from getting singed during youre vacation while keeping the little ones safe and happy. 2. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to take kids into the sun. High noon and early afternoon heat and searing sun make kids cranky. If they aren’t enjoying the vacation, then you know you’re not going to enjoy yourself, let alone be able to relax. Best tip is to take them inside during the middle of the day. One way to make this enjoyable for everyone is to check out local, indoor things to do before leaving on vacation. Museums, arcades, shopping, are just a few examples of indoor activities that can be fun for the whole family. 3. Pack vinegar and/or meat tenderizer in case of jelly fish stings. When you head down to the beach, pour the vinegar in a small spray bottle and stash it in your beach bag. On the off chance some is unlucky enough to experience the sting of a jelllyfish, a simple spray of vinegar will help relieve the sting. Meat tenderizer also helps relieve the sting and swelling. Of course, if the sting is severe, seek medical attention. As for mild stings, generally condo or hotel management keeps first aid on-hand to deal with those pesky jelly-fish stings. Jellyfish stings are extremely painful. Patience and understanding will go a long way in calming a child who has been stung. Finally, it’s always advisable to check the tide reports of any beach your family is venturing out to. Safety flags are posted at public beach access points, so be sure to check the surf conditions prior to entering the water. Preparation is always the best way to avoid potential issues. You’ll find more beach safety information at the Destin Beach Safety Website at www.destinbeachsafety.com/. And for a great place to stay on your Destin vacation visit our luxury Destin beach homes page.

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