Dust off your grill and grab your swimsuits, because the lazy days of summer are here! With the right tools and preparation, summertime can be a relaxing and safe time for you and your family. Here are a few ways to avoid seasonal mishaps:
- First, avoid being in the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and stay in a shaded area as much as possible when outside.
- If you get a sunburn, the best remedies are cold compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers, and aloe preparations.
- As temperatures rise, heat exhaustion becomes a concern. Symptoms include fatigue, extreme thirst, and muscle cramping. If a person doesn’t cool down and rehydrate herself, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke (signs are headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and lack of sweat), which is potentially fatal.
- Sadly, drowning is among the leading causes of accidental death in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should not enroll children under age 4 in formal swimming lessons that teach water survival skills. If you want them to play in water, supervise them within arm’s reach, even in shallow water.
- To further help you sidestep these summer
spoilers, here’s information on recognizing these plants: Poison ivy grows as a
vine or shrub in the grass or on trees. Poison oak grows only as a shrub,
usually in the western United States. Poison sumac is a tall shrub or small
tree found in wooded areas of eastern states.
- Poison Ivy — Look for three pointed, notched leaves per stem.
- Poison Sumac — Six to 12 leaves grow in pairs with a single leaf topping stems.
- Poison Oak — Looks like poison ivy, but tips of leaves are rounded.
- Bees are attracted to flowers, so don’t put fragrances or floral-patterned clothing on kids. Likewise, don’t leave out open containers of food and drink, and if your kid’s clothes get stained, change them. Should a bee land on or next to your child, remain calm and gently blow it away.
Try not to let these items deter you from having an amazing summer! Go out, have fun, stay active and make some memories! Remember that we’re here at the clinic for you if any concerns should arise!
Zach Snedeger PA-C