Summertime is for family fun and making memories, but safety always comes first. Most serious head injuries can be prevented just by wearing a helmet. Look for one that’s approved by the ANSI and CPSC to ensure it’s been safety-tested. The helmet should fit snug, and the front edge should be two finger widths above the eyebrows. One finger should fit between the chin and chin strap. Whether your child is riding a bike, skating, scootering or playing football, a helmet is a must-have summer accessory.
Bugs aren’t just a nuisance of summer; they carry dangerous diseases. When choosing an insect repellent to guard your family against ticks and mosquitoes, the AAP recommends that it contain no more than 30% DEET when used on children. Repellents are not recommended for children younger than two months. While many natural alternatives exist, remember that natural doesn’t always mean safe. We can give you our recommendations in just a moment.
Did you know that it takes just a few serious sunburns to increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life? It’s a common misconception that sunscreen isn’t necessary on cloudy days. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, eighty percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can still penetrate your skin. That makes sunscreen a must every time you go outdoors. Use one with at least SPF 15 that includes UVA and UVB protection, and don’t forget about the ears, nose, lips and tops of the feet. Do you have questions about sun safety? Let us know how we can help.
When your kids are busy having fun, sometimes they forget to stop and drink. Send them out with a water bottle and stress the importance of drinking every 15 to 20 minutes during outdoor activities. To encourage drinking, add fresh fruit to the water, suck from a silly straw, use reusable ice cubes or fun trays that have shapes, or pick out a cool bottle. If your child is showing any signs of dehydration like sunken eyes; dry, cool skin; few or no tears when crying, or fewer wet diapers than usual, give us a call.
Do you know the signs of a concussion? A child’s developing brain is more at risk than an adult’s, so it’s important to know what to watch for. If your child was injured but is awake and acting normally without any symptoms, you most likely do not have to rush to the ER. However, if your child is vomiting, dazed, clumsy, lost consciousness, is difficult to wake or had a seizure, please head to your nearest emergency room.
At your next visit, please remember to bring a copy of your updated insurance card and photo ID so that we can provide you with the most efficient care. If you’ll be visiting for the first time, please find the link to patient information forms on our site and complete them prior to coming in if possible! Thank you for your patience. We’ll be with you in a moment.
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