Summer Safety Tips for Au Pairs

photo (4)Fun in the Sun

  • Babies Under 6 months – Avoid Sun Exposure – Dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats.  Speak to your host family before using sunscreen on an infant
  • Young Children – Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and use sunscreen even on cloudy days.  The SPF should be at least 15.  Children should wear hats and sunglasses if they will keep them on.  Limit exposure to the sun — if you are outside for a long period of time — reapply the sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
  • Older Children – Apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, children should wear hats and sunglasses.  Stay in the shade whenever possible.  Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Pool Safety

  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.
  • Whenever infants and toddlers are in or around water, you need to be within an arm’s length away, providing “total supervision.”

Bug Safety

  • Speak with your host family about the use of insect repellant on their children – do not use it without their permission.
  • Make sure you know whether the children that you care for have any allergies to bug bites and how you should respond
  • To remove a visible stinger from the skin, gently scrape it off horizontally with a credit card or your fingernail.

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