Here are some summer tips as we start to play outdoors and at the beach this summer!
Keep babies under 6 months out of direct sun. Wear hats and light clothing.
Limit exposure between 10-4.
Use one that says “broad-spectrum” on the label. SPF of 15-30 is fine. More research is
needed to test if sunscreen with more than SPF 50 offer any extra protection.
If possible avoid sunscreen with “oxybenzone” because of mild hormonal properties. For noses, cheeks, ears, and shoulders choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These usually stay visible on the skin and come in fun colors your children might like.
Call doctor if child is under 1 year. Provide water or juice to replace lost fluids. Use cool water to sooth skin. Only use creams if your doctor recommends.
Most tick bites are harmless
Removal of Wood tick:
FIRST- Apply liquid soap to cotton ball until it is soaked, cover tick with cotton ball, hold for 30 seconds. Usually the tick will be stuck to cotton when you lift it away.
SECOND- Use tweezers and grasp tick close to skin (ticks head) pull tick straight upwards, maintain steady pressure until it releases without twisting or crushing it.
Removal of Deer Tick:
Tiny deer ticks need to be scraped off with a fingernail or credit card edge.
If the head breaks off in the skin try to remove it. If a small piece remains the skin will eventually shed it. Call doctor if most of head is left.
Signs: cramping, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, moist skin. Seizure, shock and confusion are signs of heat stroke and these people should be taken to the hospital.
More great information can be found on the HealthyChildren.org web site run by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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