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Summer weather brings time for a lot of family fun, but can also pose a number of health and safety challenges. From harsh UV rays to insect bites, spending all that extra time outdoors can make your kids more vulnerable to heat stroke, sunburns and upset tummies. Luckily, this edition of Where Kids Come First is loaded with helpful tips and information on how to keep your little ones happy and healthy right through til September!
Until next time, happy reading!
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
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Our family is embarking on a camping trip for the first time and I am concerned about insect bites, especially for my youngest son who is only 4 years old. Is it safe to apply insect repellant on children, and if so, what kind is recommended?
A: Camping is a great activity to get the family outdoors and enjoy nature. However, we must share this space with other critters, including pesky mosquitoes, black flies and ticks. Insect repellant will go a long way in discouraging these insects from dining on your children. You can also take other precautions to reduce bug bites and make your getaway is a pleasurable one. [+]
Pedal for Kids: June 11 – June 15, 2012
Pedal for Kids is a week-long fundraising event that invites companies, community groups and individuals to raise funds for The Children's. The week of the event, each team takes a ride on the Mighty Bike, a custom-made bicycle built for 30, to celebrate their success. The ride lasts about one hour, traveling through the busiest streets of downtown Montreal. With music blaring, people cheering and a police escort leading the way, a Pedal for Kids ride is truly an unforgettable experience. [+]
Children who have gotten sunburnt at an early age are at almost double the risk for developing melanoma in adulthood.
True. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, even one severe sunburn during childhood can double the risk of developing melanoma or skin cancer later in life. Further studies have shown that 1 in 7 children born today will develop skin cancer and that a significant part of their lifetime exposure to the sun will occur before they reach the age of 18. There is only one solution to these grim facts: protect them. Unprotected skin has a higher risk of developing cancer. [+]