Monday, May 22, 2017
Summertime offers children everywhere a chance to get outside, enjoy tons of activities and play in the water. However, this time of year also carries some safety risks. Harbin Clinic wants to make sure all children stay safe and healthy this summer.
During the summer when the sun is beating down, it is important to stay hydrated. Children are more likely than adults to get dehydrated and suffer from heat illnesses. Dehydration occurs when children don’t drink enough water, so be sure to bring water along on all those summer adventures.
Summertime is a great time to play outside in the sun, but it is also the perfect time for sunburns.
Harbin Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Todd Kelley suggests children should wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30+ protection and reapply it every two hours.
Dr. Kelley also suggests children should wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from UV rays and also wear long, lightweight clothes.
Wear a Helmet
Riding bikes, scooters and other wheeled vehicles are fun activities, but they can also be dangerous.
Dr. Kelley says small wheels on rough terrain are the source of many collarbone and wrist injuries. He says children should wear helmets and protective gear whenever they do these activities.
Helmets should be the right size for your child. It’s always a good idea to inspect bikes, scooters and other vehicles for broken or loose parts before allowing children to ride them.
When going into the water, be sure that you and your child are well educated in water safety. If you have a young child, you should accompany them.
If your child is a new swimmer or cannot swim well, it is safer for them to go to where they can still touch the bottom without struggling. Giving your children swimming lessons will lessen the chances of them drowning. When on a boat or dock you should always have your child wear a life jacket.
Warm weather, blooming trees and flowers, along with bright colors, can attract a variety of insects. Some of these insects could carry diseases like Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus and more.
Dr. Kelley says parents should apply insect repellant that contains DEET as well as dress children in longer clothes in the evening. He also warns about applying anything scented to children’s hair or skin as that can entice insects.
Harbin Clinic wants to make sure kids have a safe and healthy summer. For more information visit harbinclinic.com/pediatrics.