Your Family’s 2022 Summer Safety Kit

Summer might look a little different for everyone this year. Maybe you’re ready to “take back” summer after a challenging two years. Or maybe you’re still figuring out your family’s comfort level and how to balance safety and fun.

Whatever your family’s plans, safety is always the name of the game. In this toolkit, Connecticut Children’s pediatric experts share resources for your family. From must-know water play tips to tick and sun protection—and everything in between—we wish you an enjoyable, memorable and safe summer.

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Is Summer Travel Safe for Your Family?

Many children are vaccinated against COVID-19, but what if your younger child is still waiting? Before you book your tickets or plan your road trip, check out advice from Connecticut Children’s infectious disease team.

6 Must-Know Water Safety Tips

Water play is a major part of making summer memories and many kids are eager to splash around, swim or attend pool or beach parties. However, water can be dangerous and safety is the name of the game. Here are some tried-and-true water safety tips.


All You Need to Know About Tick Safety

Summer in New England is prime time for kids to be out in nature! But it’s also prime time for ticks. So before you and your family embrace the great outdoors, check out this tick safety and Lyme disease Q&A.

Recognize the Signs of Heat-Related Illness

What should you look for and what should you do if your child is showing signs of any heat-related illness? Better yet, how can you prevent it all together? Our emergency medicine experts have answers.


Swimmer’s Ear—Ouch—What Is it?

It’s time for our kids jump into the water for lots of swimming! The not-so-fun part? The possibility of getting painful swimmer’s ear, an outer ear infection. Learn more about what it is and how to treat it.

Imaginative Ways to Stay Hydrated

What are the best ways for us to make sure kids are taking in enough water as we face the inevitable summer heatwave? It all starts with a little creativity. Try some ideas from our nutrition experts.


Protect that Skin for Summer

What are the do’s and don’ts of being outside in the sun? How do you soothe a sunburn if it happens, and when do you need to call the doctor? Here is your go-to for all thing skin safety.

When Can Kids Start to Wear Deodorant?

Puberty + summertime = a sweaty combination that probably includes some new odors. What should you know about starting a deodorant or antiperspirant, and are there any health risks? We’ve got you covered.


Playground Safety

Playground injuries are very common, but also very preventable. Follow these tips to make sure your child’s time on the playground is as safe as it is fun.

A Free—and Safe—Trip to Space!

Reading—not only is it safe and beneficial—it’s also a free vacation. So this year, take a trip to infinity and beyond with these space-themed books, recommended by age and grade.


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