MAKING PLAYTIME SAFE
Letting our little ones explore and have fun is vital, but so is keeping them out of danger. In the final part of a series on child safety, Babyshop shares tips on how to keep them out of harm
Fun, innocent playtime is one of the special things about childhood. It marks a carefree time for little ones to explore their outdoor surroundings, which here in the UAE means running on the sand, into the sea and splashing in pools. Experts say playing encourages children to feed their imaginations, make friends and build confidence.
“Playing outdoors is a form of exercise that promotes wellbeing and wholesome physical growth,” says Dr Atul Zanwar, paediatrician, International Modern Hospital, Dubai. “Just 10 to 15 minutes of playing in the sun provides children with a boost of Vitamin D, which helps promote energy levels and memory.”
But it’s not all about rosy cheeks and laughter. Parents know that smiles can turn to tears with a trip or a fall. “It’s important for parents to ensure faulty equipment, slippery or damaged surfaces, and careless behaviour don’t ruin the fun of playing outdoors,” adds Dr Zanwar.
Friday has partnered with Babyshop to provide parents in the UAE with helpful tips and advice on how to keep bumps and bruises at bay.