Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016
Summertime brings new adventures and fun times for all, especially for children. However, it is also known as trauma season for hospitals. Whether you are staying at home or traveling, Harbin Clinic wants to ensure your children stay healthy and safe on your summer adventures.
Protect Your Head
Bicycles, scooters, hover boards and other wheeled toys and vehicles are go-to toys for children. However, they can also be dangerous.
“Small wheels and rough terrain can contribute to many collarbone and wrist fractures, which are most common here at Harbin Pediatrics Rome,” says Harbin Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Todd Kelley. “It is critically important to protect your head, because these toys don’t offer protection. Wearing a helmet is the best thing you can do to protect your head and minimize a head injury”
Dr. Kelley suggests children should wear a helmet on every bike ride, no matter how far they are from the destination or how smooth the terrain might seem.
Be sure to purchase a helmet that fits your child correctly and isn’t too tight. Also, make sure to check their bicycle or scooter for broken or missing parts before riding.
Here Comes The Sun
Sunscreen is vital to protect your skin from being damaged. Sunburns can be avoided with the use of sunscreen. Even if you don’t get a sunburn, overexposure to the sun can eventually cause skin cancer, which can take years to become visible.
“Children are more susceptible to skin damage, and when they develop sunburns, they are at a higher risk for developing skin cancer later in life” says Dr. Todd Kelley.
Dr. Kelley recommends a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Limit time in the sun, reapply sunscreen every two hours to prevent from damaging skin, keep children in the shade and make sure to protect all areas of their skin.
It is critically important that you and your child are well-versed in water safety before hitting the pool or lake this summer. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Here are some tips you can dive into to keep your children splashing with fun:
- Never leave children alone in or near a body of water. This lowers the risk of drowning and other water-related accidents.
- Having your kids take swimming lessons helps lower the risk of drowning and will teach them important water-safety lessons.
- Life jackets should be worn by children at all times when they are on boats, docks or near bodies of water.
- Check for underwater objects and the depth of the water before letting your children dive in.
- Always have a swimming buddy. No one should ever swim alone.
The Creepy Crawlies Are Everywhere
Hot summer weather, scented beauty products, blooming flowers and bright summer colors bring all sorts of biting and stinging insects. Some bugs aren’t harmful, but it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to unwanted guests.
In order to keep the bugs away, avoid using scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your children. While dressing your children in bright or flowery prints is fun for the summer, be mindful that they can attract bugs while outside.
Using insect repellents containing DEET will prevent insect-related diseases such as Lyme disease, West Nile, Zika virus, Chikungunya virus and other viruses. Also, consider covering your children with long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks to prevent mosquito bites in the evenings.