Summer Safety Tips

August 7th, 2013

Most kids like to dive into summer to relax, unwind and have fun. Warm weather brings more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, like swimming, 528983_387867777939284_41218770_nboating, hiking, biking and more.  Living in Southern Nevada presents some unique challenges.  The main things we all need to watch out for, especially kids, are sunburn, dehydration and ear infections.  Here are a few tips to keep kids safe:

Sunburn

If your child is going to be in the sun for extended periods of time, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you need to be sure that he or she applies appropriate sunscreen to any exposed skin. Look for brands that offer a reliable sunblock made specifically for children, which are mild, PABA-free and hypoallergenic. You can purchase sunscreen at any drugstore or grocery store.

Dehydration

Anytime hot weather is involved, there is always the possibility of dehydration. Your child should drink large amounts of fluids, such as ice water, fruit juice and sports drinks whenever spending time outdoors during high temperatures. Freeze pops or popsicles, which are fun for children to eat, are a good way to prevent dehydration as well. If the temperature is sizzling around 100 degrees or higher, then the safest place for your child is indoors in an air conditioned room.

Ear Infections

Who doesn’t want to cool off with a dip in this Las Vegas heat?  But beware of swimmer’s ear, a common risk of swimming during the summertime. Although typical ear infections  involve the middle ear, swimmer’s ear infection can still be just as painful and often require antibiotics. There are ways to prevent swimmer’s ear, like using medicated drops in the ear after swimming to accelerate drying, prevent bacteria proliferating and causing infection.

Bottom line:  Have fun and enjoy your time off.  Just be aware so you can keep having a blast on your summer vacation!

Sources:

http://voices.yahoo.com/10-common-summer-health-risks-children-3398488.html?cat=25

http://www.webmd.com/news/20060530/top-10-summer-health-concerns-for-kids

http://www.cdc.gov/features/KidsSafety/

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