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Health First: A Guide to Children's Health and Safety during Carnival

Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago is a time of music, camping trips and beach adventures. With so much excitement in the air, it is crucial to keep your child's health and safety at the forefront of your mind. Whether they're walking the streets, playing in the sand or camping under the stars, it's essential to take steps to protect them from harm.

Kids just wanna have fun!

Here are a few valuable tips to keep your children safe and healthy during the Carnival season.

Stay Hydrated

Children can become so busy bouncing off the walls and exploring that they can forget to drink water and end up running on pure excitement 😅. As parents, you need to be the voice of reason and encourage your little ones to drink water frequently to avoid dehydration.

Practice Good Hygiene

With flu season in full swing and Covid-19 still plaguing our country, it is important to teach your children good hygiene habits while they're out and about. This may include washing hands after using public restrooms, wearing a face mask or sanitizing after coming into contact with high-touch surfaces.

Without suds, germs will roam, so make sure to lather up.🧼

Wear Appropriate Clothing

When spending time outdoors, especially when the sun is out in all its glory, choosing the right clothing for your child, (lightweight, breathable clothing and synthetic material) can help to prevent skin irritation or overheating.

Avoid Crowed Areas

If possible, you and your little one should avoid overcrowded areas to reduce their risk of illness, heat exhaustion, and potential accidents.

Take Vitamins

Boosting your child's immune system is a year-round responsibility as a parent, but it is especially important during the Carnival season when visitors are coming in from all around the world.

Vitamins can help reduce the risk of your child becoming ill by providing essential nutrients that his/her body needs to stay healthy. However, it is important to note that vitamins should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet and should be taken under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Keep Track of Children

Keeping track of your children involves not only ensuring their health through proper nutrition and hygiene, but also monitoring their location and making sure they are under adult supervision. When water is involved, such as at a beach or pool, children should always be accompanied by an adult to prevent drowning or other accidents. Having a designated meeting point and times to check in for older kids can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable season.

Get Enough Sleep

Lastly, make sure your children get enough sleep. Fatigue can weaken the immune system and make your little ones more susceptible to illness.

If you think we missed any other safety tips, please let us know in the comments below. Stay safe.

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