Plan ahead for a safe vacation trip

Neighbors/Brooklyn Park

July 20, 1992|By Phyllis Flowers and Phyllis Lucas

Harbor Hospital Center news: Taking a few precautions when preparing for a trip with a young child will make your vacation much more enjoyable.

For example, whether you travel by car, plane or train, keep these things handy: Acetaminophen, plastic bandages and antibiotic cream or ointment, syrup of ipecac (use only after checking with a poison control center or pediatrician), tweezers and a small container of rubbing alcohol. The hospital also suggests that for car travel children be secured in a child-safety seat at all times.

For airplane travel, find out what the airline's policy is on child-safety seats. Even if the airplane doesn't have a seat, they may let you take the safety seat on the plane in case an extra seat is available. Relieve pressure on your child's ears by offering fluids, or use a pacifier. Changes in cabin pressure can happen both on take-off and landing.

When visiting relatives' or friends' homes with small children, ask yourself these questions before you leave: Can my child wander around without encountering small objects that he could put in his mouth and choke on? Are all medications and household cleansers stored safely out of reach? Does furniture have sharp edges or corners that toddlers could hurt themselves on? What are the sleeping arrangements? (An adult bed is not safe for an infant. An extremely old crib may be equally unsafe.)

The above questions should also be asked when staying in motels. Never leave a young child unattended in a hotel room, and review the fire-safety information posted on the inside of the hotel room door.

Finally, keep in mind that camping with an infant means paying closer attention to your child and less freedom for you. Keep your child away from campfires, poisonous plants, bees and other insects. Be alert that your child doesn't wander into the woods alone. A young child could fall into an unguarded lake or stream.

Boating also requires precautions. There should be at least one swimmer for each nonswimmer, and everyone should wear an approved life jacket. For an infant, take along your own bottled drinking water. If you do gather water at the campsites, boil and cool it before use. Also, never mix hunting with a family camping trip.

Knowing -- and taking -- these precautions will help ensure a good, safe vacation for you and your family.

Are your children tired of having nothing to do in this hot and humid weather? Well, take a trip to the air-conditioned Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave., at 2 p.m. Friday and "Get Loose with Mother Goose."

Mother Goose characters come to life when John Taylor, known as the Pied Piper of Dance, involves children in round, rhythm and rap. This program is free and open to children entering grades one through six as well as preschoolers.

Registration is not required for the hourlong performance, but seating is limited.

This will be the last offering of the library's Summer Reading Program, so come out and enjoy the fun.

The Administrative Board of Brooklyn United Methodist Church, Street and Pontiac Avenue, will meet at 7:30 tonight. Everyone is urged to attend.

The next session of swimming lessons sponsored by the YWCA Greater Baltimore at the North Linthicum Pool in Overlook Park begins today and lasts for two weeks. The final session will begin on Monday, Aug. 3, and continues through Friday, Aug. 14. Lessons are offered for preschoolers, beginners, advanced beginners and swimmers.

For more information, call 768-2500.

Participants in the Anne Arundel County Summer Program at the Lloyd Keaser Center in Pumphrey will be going to the Annapolis Swimming Pool. The bus will leave the center at 9 a.m. Friday. Tickets are $5 and should be purchased in advance.

Last week, we asked for responses from our young readers to the following question: "What would you like to see in your neighborhood for young people?"

* Heather Bowen, age 13: "I think that Brooklyn Park doesn't have enough things for young people to do. I think that a lot of kids would like a place to go where they could do a lot of different activities.

"I would like something like a mini putt-putt or a go-kart racing place. A lot of people spend too much money and time going to places too far away, just because nothing is in Brooklyn Park.

"Another idea that I think would work would be a movie theater.

"I know it probably wouldn't be possible for us to have a very big chance of getting anything for teens or kids in Brooklyn Park, but without something the kids of the neighborhood will turn to crime."

* Missy Clough, age 13: "There is nothing to do in Brooklyn Park. I think we should get a batting range, and maybe if we had good fields to play on, a lot more people would sign up."

* Starr Lucas, age 13: "I would like to see a community pool, because we need to have somewhere we could go to have fun and meet new friends. The pool should have swimming lessons, a swim team and have a diving team. If we could have a community pool, it might keep more kids off the streets and out of trouble."

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