Open windows, picnics, swimming, camping… summer brings the potential for plenty of fun and fresh air.
Whether you plan to spend lazy days by the lake or trek into the wilderness, there are a few steps you can take to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy:
- Apply sunscreen to yourself and your children everyday and reapply often when spending time in direct sunlight. This is especially true if your child is swimming—frequent reapplication is a must! If at all possible, if sunburn does occur, apply an ice pack or try a cool bath and keep skin moist. If severe blistering occurs, please call the clinic for advice.
- Avoid bug bites by having your child wear insect repellent. The current Centers for Disease Center (CDC) recommendation for children over 2 months old is to use insect repellant with 10% to 30% DEET. (DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months old.) If your child has bug bites that are painfully red and swollen, develops a fever, has a suspicious looking rash or other concerning symptoms, call us immediately at 651-552-7999.
- Protect children’s eyes with sunglasses when outdoors and goggles when in the water. Eye protection is also recommended for children playing most sports.
- Keep children well hydrated by drinking a large glass of water each morning and carrying water with you. Children should drink more when they are playing sports or active.
- Take your child to swimming lessons and vigilantly watch children in the water. This is especially important in Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes!
- Stay cool. Be mindful of your child over-exercising in the heat and never leave your children or pets in a parked car. If you or your kids show any signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 911 immediately.
- All children and adults should wear a helmet when biking, skating or riding a scooter. Always have your child wear a life jacket while boating, canoeing or tubing (the State of Minnesota requires children to wear life jackets).
- Prevent injuries by keeping children away from lawn mowers, ATV’s and fireworks.
If your child becomes ill at night, on weekends or anytime, call us first at
651-552-7999! HealthyChildren.org explains why calling your pediatrician instead of going to a retail clinic or urgent care is the best practice. [learn more]