Dr. Rogé’s Corner
SAFETY TIPS FOR THE SUMMER
It is spring time but some of us are already thinking of summer activities for our children.
Every parent wants their children to have a healthy and safe experience.
Some of the potential risks and how to prevent them:
- Unintentional injuries are the most common cause of disability and death in children after age one.
- Your children must always wear the right protective gear when participating in risky activities (helmet when bicycling, for instance).
- Your children must always be supervised by an adult when playing or swimming in water, even if they know how to swim or wear a lifejacket.
You can find very useful practical steps to prevent injuries in the CDC website under “Protect the ones you love.”
- Remember that the temperature in a locked car can become extreme even if it is moderately high outside. Never leave children unattended and locked in your car!
- Heat stroke can occur in athletes, especially football players, even in moderate temperatures (80-90⁰).
- Avoid exercise in extreme temperature (>104⁰).
- Make sure your child is well hydrated before, during, and after any strenuous activities!
- Discuss risk of exercise for your child with your health care provider if your child has a chronic health condition.
- Avoid exercise if your child is usually healthy, but has an acute illness, especially if it causes loss of fluids (diarrhea, vomiting and fever).
- Sun exposure can cause serious burns acutely but can also lead to serious or deadly skin cancer in the future.
- When outdoors, children must wear proper protective clothing and sunscreen on skin exposed to the sun.
For more details about preventing sunburns, read the American Academy of Pediatrics on-line article about Sun and Water Safety.