Summer Safety!

Summer Safety!
June 26, 2014 Melissa Bauman

Group of Children Holding Summer Concept BillboardThere are multiple summer ailments that can be prevented including swimmer’s ear, sunburn, dehydration, and insect bites.  Here are some tips on the most frequent summer ailments seen at Urgent Care for Kids. We want to ensure that your child’s summer will be healthy and fun:

Swimmer’s Ear

Preventing this painful and annoying problem is usually not at the top of your mind when you are about to have a family cannon ball contest off the diving board, but it can be avoided with one simple remedy.  This condition is caused by too much moisture in the ear canal, usually from water left in the ear after swimming.  The extra water allows bacteria germs to infect the lining of the ear canal.  Swimmer’s ear can be prevented by putting over-the-counter drops made especially to help get rid of the extra water into the ear after each swim.  Ask your pediatrician or pharmacist which medicine would be best for your family.

Sunburns

This painful condition is almost completely avoidable with a few simple steps:

    • Babies under 6 months should be kept inside since they are too young for sunscreen.
    • Avoid being in direct sun from 10am to 4pm.
    • Wear hats, sunglasses, umbrellas and clothes with sun protection properties if you do have to be out in the sun.
    • SPF 30 sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going outside.
    • Apply sunscreen EVERYWHERE (including scalp, ears, top of feet, and back of neck).
    • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours during the day.  Reapply more often if swimming or sweating.
    • Use an SPF lip balm to prevent sunburned lips.

Dehydration

Symptoms of dehydration include headache, weakness, and dark colored urine. Drinking plenty of water (not soda) is the simple way to avoid this common problem. Making drinking water fun by adding a crazy straw or a color-changing cup. Drink water even if you are not thirsty. Even if you have been swimming make sure you drink water (you sweat in the pool too)! Suggested water dosage for children:

    • 4 to 8 ounces (8 ounces = 1 cup) BEFORE beginning outdoor activity
    • 5 to 9 ounces DURING outdoor activities
    • 24 ounces within 2 hours AFTER completion of outdoor activity.

Insect Bites

Most bites and stings can be avoided with using insect repellant.  This is especially important at dawn and dusk to avoid mosquito bites which can carry West Nile virus.  Avoid getting the repellant into eyes and mouths.  While most bites and stings heal on their own, there are times a child needs to be seen by a doctor.  These include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rash
  • Painful swelling or redness lasting longer than a few days.
  • Fever or other symptoms that last longer than 48 hours.

It’s helpful for the doctor to know what kind of insect or spider was involved, or at least hear what it looked like. If you know your child has an allergy to an insect, be sure to keep an EpiPen close by at all times to avoid life-threatening reactions. Ultimately, if you have questions about any symptom, give your doctor’s office a call.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Urgent Care for Kids is open every day of the year to see your sick child if your pediatrician or family practice doctor is not available. Need a convenient way to check-in? Use our online check-in now. Online Check – In

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