Summer Essentials: How to remove a tick, Water Safety, Sun Protection for Kids

Ah, Yes... Summer is almost here and we all want it to be safe, happy, and fun!

Preparing for tick removal, water safety & sun protection will help keep me on top of my game.
We're all so busy, that I thought it would be helpful to put all of these important links in one post to reference for the summer. So, here's some helpful information I've found, from sources I trust, that I wanted to pass along to you.

Over the past two weeks, I've already found two deer ticks on my son, so this video from the CDC, How to remove a tick has definitely come in handy.

What's the best way to protect your child from the sun?  The American Academy of Pediatrics answers this question and more on their website. They give advice on How to pick sunscreen, Sunscreen for babies, and  How to apply sunscreen.

And, if your child does get sunburn, has some great advice on what to do.

If your kids are going to be anywhere near the pool or beach this summer, you'll want to check out this information from The National Drowning Alliance: Pool Safety Tips, How to escape a rip current and other beach related dangers, and Simple Steps to Safer Pools. 

I already posted about this, so you can skip this paragraph if you already read my post about children's vision and the sun.  But, my son has been in glasses since he was a baby, and I definitely don't take my children's vision for granted.  Whether your child has absolutely perfect vision or wears glasses, protecting his/her vision should be a top priority.  The Prevent Blindness America / Star Pupils website tells you exactly what you need know know to protect your child's eyes from the sun. For instance, did you know that kids should be wearing sunglasses and a hat to block harmful UV rays when they're outside?

Maybe you're reading this and think 'I already know this stuff.'  But, if you're anything like me, sometimes it's nice to have a reminder and freshen up on some of the basic details.  Prevention is the best medicine, right?

What is your best tip for summer?