While summer is fun and exciting, accidents are bound to happen with people spending more time outside. The good news is that you can take several steps to keep you and your family safe
How Not to Attract Insects
Bugs sure know how to ruin a good time, especially when they sting or bite. To keep them away, try to use as little hairspray, scented soap, and perfume since these all attract insects. Additionally, avoid bodies of standing water where bugs tend to gather. Bug spray containing DEET is the most effective treatment since it also keeps away ticks that can carry serious diseases.
Be sure to drink water every 20 minutes when you’re out in the hot summer sun. If you expect to be out more than one hour, drink a sports drink to replenish your electrolyte balance. It’s also important to recognize the signs of dehydration and to promptly report to urgent care if you experience any of them. Symptoms in adults include:
Less frequent urination
Infants and toddlers often express symptoms of dehydration differently than adults do. Common symptoms in very young children include:
Not producing tears when crying
No wet diapers for three hours
Tongue and mouth both feel dry
Listlessness or irritability
Bike and Playground Safety
You can set a great example for your children by wearing a helmet every time you ride bikes together. This should make it less likely they will protest needing to wear one. Before allowing your children to play at the playground, make sure parts aren’t rotted or missing and that surfaces aren’t so hot they could burn your child and require urgent care.
Respect the Sun’s Rays
The rays of the sun are at their greatest intensity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When outside, be sure to wear light and breathable clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) a half-hour before going outdoors and every two hours after that. It’s also important to reapply sunscreen after profuse sweating or when coming out of the lake or pool.
Bites and Stings
Even a friendly dog can bite if a child startles or teases him or her. Be sure to instruct your kids to never approach an unknown dog to avoid bites. It’s also a good idea to check under decks and eaves for wasp nests and to never throw anything at nests if you do find one.
Get Prompt Treatment at Urgent Care if You Need It
PrimeCare Urgent Care in Cummings, Georgia is open seven days a week until 7 p.m. and accepts walk-in appointments. If you or a family members have experienced a summer mishap, don’t hesitate to visit us to get the prompt treatment that you need. Feel free to contact us at 770-292-9982 with additional questions.