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

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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.

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