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The weather is really warming up and school is officially over! Children really love the summer months because it is the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time outside!
There are several precautions families must take to staff safe these summer months. A few are highlighted below!
A little Vitamin D is a good thing, but too much sun exposure leads to burns and possible cancer.
-Always wear sunscreen, (to be applied 30 minutes prior to exposure)
-Wear protective clothing such as hats, long sleeves (if necessary) and sunglasses too
-Avoid excessive exposure to the sun between peak hours of 10 am – 6 pm
-Take cover under shade when available
Bugs will be everywhere shortly. Mosquitos, fleas and ticks, you name it. Think about doing some of these things to prevent unsightly and pain bites or conditions.
-Have a pest control service come and treat your home and year
-Treat your pets with preventative meds for flea and tics
-Be observant. Avoid likely areas for bugs, but If playing in wooded areas or tall grasses, be sure to inspect clothing, skin and hair afterwards!
Walking is always good exercise. Be sure to be a safe pedestrian though. You can rarely trust drivers these days!
-Use sidewalks when available
-Look both ways before crossing the street
-Make sure children hold the hand of an adult while crossing the street
-Try to make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you
-Teach children to practice safety in parking lots and at large, crowded events
Poison Ivy and other conditions including Poison Oak and Sumac are rashes caused by the oils found in particular plants, and can be extremely itchy and uncomfortable.
-Use precaution in highly wooden areas
Consider wearing protective clothing like long sleeved shirts and long pants or tall socks
-Become familiar with what these plants look like
-Avoid direct contact with suspected plants
-Wash hands thoroughly afterward with soap and warm water
If your children are in need of treatment for anything, feel free to bring them to one of our eight Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care clinics in San Antonio! For more information call us at (210) 543-7334