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Summer Traveling with Kids Things to Take Care of

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/7/2006 | Travel

Traveling with kids is never an easy thing. you must be patient and caring, you must never let the child out of your sight if you do not know the place well. Accidents do happen.

Suppose you have taken your kid in your car and you stop by the roadside to buy things from a shop. You leave your child in the car and lock it for his or her own safety. And you forget completely how hot it can get in the summer in a car sitting in the sun. In five minutes, the child may get sick. A car sitting in the sun is like an oven. The temperature inside may increase to one and a half times within a brief period of 6 to 7 minutes. Make sure that the kids have dressed lightly if you have to travel a long time in the sun.

Even if your kid is not in the car, make sure that he or she is not in the sun for a long period of time at a stretch. It can give him or her a sunstroke.

If you are traveling in a car, it is also very important to travel at a normal speed. Do not speed up unnecessarily. If you do, not only are you putting yourself at risk, you are compromising the safety of the kids. If an accident does happen, the only person to blame would be yourself. But then it will be too late.

Keep an eye on how much water your child is drinking. Drinking little in summer can cause dehydration. And dehydrations can often be fatal. Prepare fun drinks or your kids so that they find it interesting to take a sip every once in a while.

While traveling, be sure to buckle up your kid. On the highway, buckling up the safety belt is most important. In case of an accident, that might be the deciding factor between life and death. And never let the kid sit in the front sit. It is a dangerous practice.

It's best not to travel by air with a baby under three months of age. Also, always have a baby carrier. With older children, motion sickness is a common symptom, be prepared for it.

If your child becomes bored and fussy, do not get impatient, rather try to distract the kid.

Before going for a trip in your car, make sure that the safety belts are in perfect condition and the safety seats and booster seats are properly in place.

When on a vacation trip, do not leave your children alone, tell them to be careful about people they do not know. Tell them that in case they think a stranger is trying to be too familiar, they should call for help. Safety has priority over embarrassment.

If your kids ride bikes, make sure that they are using proper helmets. Riding without helmets is risky business. Also teach them about the basic rules of walking on the streets. Safe pedestrian practices should always be observed.

In case your kid is young, do not let go of their hands near a busy street. Anything might happen.

In case you are at a seaside resort, do not let your children go into deep water alone, and always keep a wary eye on them. If you have gone to the mountains, be sure that your kid avoids going too close to the edge.

Remember that being alert is always the right thing to do. In all probability you will have a very safe summer vacation this year with your kids. But there is no alternative to safe practices while away from home.