While most parents are scrupulous about slathering on sunscreen on our children, few of us are aware of the summer staple that can cause terrible burns to a tot's delicate skin.
While riding the current heatwave, Arizona mom Dominique Woodger decided to let her 9-month-old boy cool off in the baby pool.
Unfortunately the hose had been sitting in the sun, and the water in the pool instantly left the infant with second-degrees burns over much of his body.
"It's heartbreaking..." said Woodger. "All of it was peeling. He had blisters all over the right side."
Although her son will recover, Woodger doesn't want the same fate to befall other wee ones this summer.
You wouldn't immerse your baby in a bath of water straight from the kettle. But when you fill a pool with a garden hose, the water may be just as hot.
Dr. Kevin Foster, director of the Arizona Burn Center, claims hose water can get up to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Not boiling, but close to it. At that temperature, burns happen instantly and tend to run deep, since infant skin is thin.
I don't know about you, but I rarely check the temperature of the water coming out of my own hose since I assume it's glacially cold. Not so.
Foster recommends storing garden hoses indoors if possible, or at the least on a hose wheel to ensure the water is drained before use. It's never a good idea to let a hose sit in direct sun.
Prevention is the best medicine. But we're parents, who are we kidding?! In spite of our best efforts, accidents sometimes still occur.
If burns do happen, immerse in cool water - not ice - and seek medical attention immediately for areas larger than the palm of your hand or deeper than a pink surface.
Don't do what elders once considered a good remedy circa 1970s and coat the burn in butter! Butter should be only used for frying eggs. I have a dandy reminder of that stroke of genius on my hand to this day.
Accidents will happen, but scars don't have to.
I know, I know, it's the last day of school for millions of kids everywhere, and they aren't the only ones sprinting for the finish line. But before you relegate the backpack to the closet, you'll want to recreate this teacher's clever bullying lesson - using only a couple of red apples - at home.
Rosie Dutton, a teacher in Birmingham, England, recently took to Facebook describing the experiment. First, she repeatedly tapped and gently dropped one of the apples on the floor before class without telling the kids.
She then passed around the apples; both looked shiny and good to eat from the outside. As the kids passed around the fruit, the teacher called one of the apples names, saying it was disgusting and smelly and probably had worms in it!
Because she didn't like it, she encouraged the kids to call that apple names, too, while the other fruit was praised and complimented.
Then the class discussed the similarities and the differences between the fruit, agreeing the apples were more or less the same.
When cut open - you guessed it - the dropped apple was visibly bruised and brown.
Dutton went on to describe the "lightbulb moment" when the kids saw the perceived effect of their words:
"They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions," read the post.
"When people are bullied, especially children, they feel horrible inside and sometimes don't show or tell others how they are feeling. If we hadn't have cut that apple open, we would never have known how much pain we had caused it."
The post, shared on Relax Kids Tamworth's Facebook page, shot to viral with nearly 200K shares.
And no wonder. It's a profound message that kids of all ages need to see for themselves. Forget frog dissection. Let apples be your science experiment for the summer.
Everyone reacts to loss in different ways. When a California woman miscarried her first child at seven weeks pregnant, she went out and got a tattoo.
Rather than trying to forget the experience, 31-year-old Joan Bremer decided to leave a lasting mark on her body as a reminder of what she went through.
“For me, all the tattoos I have signify something, and even though this was a painful time, I still wanted to be able to remember it in some way,” said Bremer.
“I wanted to get a tattoo to kind of remember and be able to heal and move on. It would be my tribute to this baby that we wanted but unfortunately didn’t last.”
Bremer went on to share a photo of her miscarriage tattoo on Imgur. The design is simple and beautiful. You can clearly see the outline of a pregnant mother and the baby she is carrying - each with its own red heart.
Bremer already has additions planned for the tattoo. If a future pregnancy leads to another miscarriage, she will add a second heart. If a baby is conceived, a rainbow will be added "... just like how something beautiful can come after a storm.”
The image is powerful, and Bremer's story has resonated with other moms, who have gone on to share their own stories of loss and ink.
Many women, it seems, have chosen to pay tribute to lost children through tattoos, though none quite as directly as Bremer's.
While I personally don't have any ink, I can see how the ritual of putting something permanent on your body would be instrumental in the healing process.
Much of the pain of miscarriage remains hidden. While more celebrities opening up about their experiences, on the whole, people still don't talk about it. Life goes on. And you are simply expected to bounce back and move on, which must be hard.
“Losing a baby, even if it's early in pregnancy, is just so difficult,” Bremer said. “I know there is a certain silence about miscarriages and pregnancy losses, but I am not ashamed that this happened to me. That was one of my motivations for getting the tattoo in the first place - I really think it's healing to be able to talk about it.”
The odds of miscarrying early in pregnancy are high - one in five, according to BabyCentre Canada - but as Bremer can attest, the experience is still traumatic and shouldn't be discounted.