However, because outdoor play exposes your child to many factors including risks of injury and picking up germs, it is your responsibility as a parent to ensure your child is protected from harmful situations while playing outdoors. Here’s what you can do:
Outdoor Play Hygiene Tips
- Ensure the playground is properly maintained and is not close to a dumpsite or public defecation site.
- Supervise your kids in washing their hands before and after playing.
- Supervise the area the children will be playing for litter, animal droppings, stagnant water, etc.
- Instruct children not to put their hands in their mouths.
- Take along a pack of wet wipes as well as sanitizer
- You should have a first-aid kit with you with an antiseptic to properly clean wounds, should there be any.
- Ensure no child is picking objects from the ground and putting it in his/her mouth.
- A child with a cold could spread germs through sneezing, coughing or a runny rose. It may be best to let the child rest or play indoors.
- A cool shower and change of clothes after an outdoor play is strongly advised. Dettol cool helps the body cool off after physical exercise.