Friday May 13 2016
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Bumps & Bruises: Summer Precautions

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The sun is at its peak in the sky, which means it nearing the middle of summer and your kid is most likely outside.

There are many outdoor-related injuries that children endure in the summer months. As a parent, it is essential to stock your medicine cabinet with some small valuables to help your adventurer out. 

Dehydration can often—and easily—occur when in the sun. To combat dehydration, make sure your child is aware of the dangers and has plenty of water (or sports drinks, or milk) to drink

The sun throws more artillery at your child, though. Getting sunburned is unpleasant, especially for a child. If you know your child will be in the sun, coat their exposed skin with sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. This will allow comfort and protection in the scorching sun. If your child does get sunburned, make sure to have some aloe vera on hand to place on the burned skin. This will relieve the burn and help it heal faster.

A child with a daring sense of adventure will surely result in a child with skin abrasions on joints, such as elbows and knees. As a parent, implement knee and elbow pad rules when necessary. And always have a disinfectant such as Neosporin to apply to the wound to prevent infection and scarring.

Playing sports, or just playing in the neighborhood, can sometimes lead to mild twists and sprains. For sprains, make sure the injured body part is elevated. Also, ice and either ibuprofen or acetaminophen will help bring down swelling. Pain may last a couple days, but they will be back running around in no time.

For injuries such as broken bones or more severe, take your child to the emergency room.

And when children swimming, there should always be adult supervision. 

Hopefully your summer will be injury-free, but these tips can help turn scary trips to the emergency room into much easier trips to the medicine cabinet.