Summer is almost here, which means lots of new fun. It’s a great time to refresh your memory on safety precautions to take as you spend the days outside, in the water and on vacation! Michael McGinnis, MD, and Robin Spencer, APRN, from Olathe Health Family Medicine – Louisburg have provided tips to keep your kids safe and healthy this summer!
Sun and Bug Safety
- Look for “broad-spectrum” sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Broad spectrum means it screens out both UVA and UVB rays.
- Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapplied every two hours.
- It is best to avoid combination sunscreen/insect repellant products because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours. Insect repellant does not need to be reapplied that often.
- The CDC recommends using insect repellants containing 10 percent to 30 percent DEET for children older than 2 months. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2months of age.
- Never leave children alone in or near a pool or body of water.
- Whenever children under the age of five are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s length.
- Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life jackets and can give children and parents a false sense of security.
- Never leave a child alone in a car! The inside of a car can reach dangerous temperatures, even when the outside temperature is not hot.
- To avoid dehydration or heat-related illnesses while playing outside, make sure children are well hydrated. Don’t wait until they are thirsty, as that is a sign they may already be dehydrated.
- Avoid strenuous activities during peak sun hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- A helmet should be worn whenever a child is on wheels – bikes, scooters, skates, etc.
- A properly fitting helmet is level on the head, covers the forehead, and the strap securely fastened with about two fingers able to fit between the chin and strap.
For more information or to book an appointment, contact Olathe Health Family Medicine – Louisburg at (913) 837-4299 or olathehealth.org/Louisburg.