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4 Necessary Things to Ensure Safety of Kids on a Beach Trip

4 Necessary Things to Ensure Safety of Kids on a Beach Trip

Summer is the best time for a beach trip; so many families spend their summer vacations at the beaches for relaxing and enjoying the fresh atmosphere.

Besides focusing on where to go and which hotel to stay in, you should prepare more carefully if you want to bring kids for the trip. Therefore, this post will help you focus on the most necessary things for the safety of your children.

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    1. Traveling by boat

    There is one unalterable rule which you have to remember when traveling by boat, and that is to put life jackets on your children. But before wearing them, you have to check whether the life jacket has any problems such as being punctured and deflated. Furthermore, if you do not have much knowledge about life jackets, you should ask the travel guide for instructions on how to use it.

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    In some cases, if no one on the boat wears the life jackets, then you don’t afraid or too lazy to wear it because you must remember that safety is the most important thing, especially for the children. In fact, the little life jackets have saved a lot of children when accidents happened. Therefore, you should ensure the availability of life jackets for your kids before setting foot on the boat. If the ship does not have a life jacket, you should choose another ship for traveling or ask the ship owner for the life jacket. You should not be confident of your swimming ability which can save the baby in a bad situation as accidents may happen very quickly.

    2. Swimming

    Always let the children swim within your reach.

    Each year, many drowning accidents happen at tourism places with children, even when they used swimming floats. Hence, you must always keep an eye on your kids and allow them to play on the fingertips of parental control.

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    When traveling to beaches, rivers or streams, the adult must always control the kids. Parents should tell their children which are the safe places to swim in and to use the swimming floats. Many adults are often too indulgent to their children’s whims, but this is very dangerous because children can be easily swept away and you may not know or react in time.

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      • Prevent getting cold

      Children often like to play with water, so it is very easy for them to catch colds leading to fever. Therefore, the ideal time for the children to play in the water and the sun is less than 2 hours continuously. Immediately after the landing, you have to keep handy a dry towel to wipe them after a shower with clean water. Let them put on some dry clothes immediately. Taking a shower after swimming also protects the children’s skin from rashes, itching, and allergies.

      • Prevent heatstroke

      Besides the risk of catching a cold when swimming, the children who enjoy outdoors under the sun’s harsh rays is also very susceptible to heat strokes. The mother should prepare a cloak and a thick hat to shield them from the sun before heading out, as well as, make sure that they cover their children’s head and neck from direct sunlight. It is better that you do not allow your children to go out or play outdoors during 10:00 am to 3:00 pm because this is the time when the sun is harshest. Ensure they drink enough water to keep themselves well hydrated. You should add Vitamin A and E rich foods for the children through foods and fruits. It can help minimize the risk of heatstroke and allergies at the beach.

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        3. Eating

        Parents should observe their child and see if they have any allergies to the new foods or the seafood they are having while on a beach holiday.

        There are many types of seafood which the children may have never tried before, so you should be cautious if your child is prone to allergies because if an allergy occurs, it may be dangerous to their lives. You should avoid foods with high levels of mercury such as tilefish, swordfish, tuna and mackerel.

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          It’s best to consult your family doctor before starting the trip. If necessary, you can have allergy shots taken to ensure the best health throughout the journey for your children.

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          4. First aid in distress

          • Drowning accident

          If any unfortunate incidents occur while swimming, you need to quickly call for help to the people around you, particularly the nearest rescue team. After taking the child to the shore, you have to check the mouth and nasal passage to take out foreign bodies, if any.  If the child stops breathing, you should immediately use artificial respiration by placing the child on his back, covering the nose and blowing into his mouth 2-3 times. After that, you press your hand against the child’s chest rhythmically until the child breaths again; then you take them to the nearest medical facility quickly.

          • Heatstroke

          Immediately take your baby into the shade, indoors or gently fan her, you should not put the baby in the room with air conditioning which may shock her with the sudden temperature change. You rub the body with cool water and drinking cresol. Take the child to the hospital, if needed.

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          Last Updated on July 23, 2019

          5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

          5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

          In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

          Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

          How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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          • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
          • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
          • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
          • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
          • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
          • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

          When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

          1. Realize You’re Not Alone

          Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

          2. Find What Inspires You

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          Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

          On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

          3. Give Yourself a Break

          When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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          Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

          4. Shake up Your Routines

          Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

          Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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          When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

          5. Start with a Small Step

          Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

          Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

          More to Help You Stay Motivated

          Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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