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Summer Child Safety Tips You Can Start Using Now

June 24, 2016
pediatric care

Summer is officially here and so are the many dangers facing young children today, including sickness and injury. In the U.S. alone, around 3 million people visit an immediate care center for pediatric care each week. To help you and other parents avoid becoming one of the 110 million people to visit the emergency room each year, consider the following pediatric care tips for summer.

Keep an eye on the water
While the pool may seem like the perfect way to cool down in the summer months, it is important to keep an eye on your child at all times while they are in the water. Avoid phone calls, texts, and anything else that may take your attention away. You should also be mindful to stay as close as possible to your child so that you can easily grab them if necessary.

Always check your backseat
Children should never be left inside a car unattended, no matter the time or weather. Temperatures inside a parked car can increase rapidly, becoming dangerous to anyone inside.

Although it can be easy to forget a sleeping child in the backseat, this can be prevented. Leaving something in the backseat that you know you will need once you’ve reached your destination, like your phone or wallet.

Fight back against germs
Many bacteria thrive in warm weather conditions and younger children are most at risk to encounter them. From teething babies to toddlers, viral illnesses can be picked up from the toys they play with and share each day. Although studies show that the average child gets a cold six to 10 times each year, there are still ways in which sickness can be prevented.

Prevent sickness and reduce germ exposure by washing your child’s hands after play-dates, before meals, and after swimming in a pool or splashing in a fountain. The same is also recommended for adults with children.

Be mindful of bug bites
With the mild winter we recently experienced, the chances of Lyme disease from deer-tick bites increase. If you live in or near a wooded area, it is highly recommended you wear long sleeves with your shirt tucked into your pants and your pants tucked into your socks.

If your child has been outdoors, thoroughly check them all over for small, black or brown spots that may be puffy or flat. Focus on warm hiding places, like skin folds and the belly button. Also, keep in mind that it takes an average of 36 hours for a tick to transmit the bacteria through its bite. If you do notice any signs of Lyme disease, contact a pediatric care facility as soon as possible.

It is no secret that sickness and injuries are common in young children. Luckily, when these problems present themselves, pediatric care can be found at urgent care facilities all across the United States. Keep the above tips in mind for your child’s safety and enjoy all that summer has to offer.