From the Director’s Desk….
FAMILY SUMMER SAFETY TIPS…Parenting.com
Prevent Heat Exhaustion—Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and confusion. If you suspect your child may be suffering from it, the AAP recommends you have him stop all physical activity, lie down in a cool place, and drink fluids. Seek medical care if the symptoms don’t stop quickly or your child’s body temperature is 103°F or higher.
Banish Bugs—Prevent mosquito bites by keeping kids away from bodies of stagnant water, applying an insect repellent containing DEET, and having children stay indoors in the early-morning and early-evening hours, when the pesky insects are most abundant. The AAP says bug sprays that contain 10 to 30 percent DEET are safe for use on children over 2 months old
Drink Up—Dehydration can occur in kids who are extremely active. During exercise, depending on their size and weight, kids are encouraged to drink between four and ten ounces of fluid (two gulps=one ounce) every 15 to 20. For junior jocks exercising more than 45 minutes, a sports drink (not an energy drink) with 6 to 8 percent carbohydrates and electrolytes will help maintain balanced energy levels.
Ditch the Itch—If your kid’s been exposed to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, here’s how to make him more comfortable: Wash the area with soap and water for at least ten minutes; apply an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream; and keep scratching damage to a minimum by trimming his fingernails. For persistent itching, use calamine lotion three to four times a day. Call a doctor if the rash is on your child’s face or if these treatments don’t work.
Keep Ticks Off—To prevent tick bites when you and the kids are out in grassy or wooded areas, wear long-sleeved shirts, tuck the ends of pants into socks, and consider applying an insect repellent containing permethrin to pant cuffs, socks and shoes (not skin).