Seasonal Tips

Summer Ideas 2024

1. Summer is a fun time for frolicking in the woods, but it’s important to teach children how to recognize poison ivy. Remember the saying, “Leaves of three, let it be?” Poison ivy has three leaflets at the end of a long stem and grows as a shrub or vine. This plant produces an oil called urushiol, which can cause an itchy red rash with blisters within a few hours or a few days of contact. If you think your child has been exposed to poison ivy, remove any clothing that has touched the plant, wash skin with soap and water, and encourage your child not to scratch. Please call Promise Pediatrics if your child develops any type of rash.

2. With the hot days of summer come sports and outdoor activities, but kids are often so busy having fun in the sun that they forget to rehydrate. Heightened activity combined with higher temperatures leads to more sweating and an increased need to replace lost fluids. Encourage your children to carry a refillable water bottle and drink throughout the day. Offer beverages at every meal and between meals, and provide hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and cantaloupe. Limit sugary drinks and caffeinated beverages which can contribute to dehydration. And don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids yourself!

3. Children lack the ability to regulate their body temperature in the same way as adults. Extreme heat, especially a heat index at or above 90 degrees, can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke, which is a medical emergency. When outside, encourage your children to drink frequently, dress lightly, cool off with water, and plan for extra rest time. Watch for signs of heat illness including extreme tiredness, feeling faint, headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, or muscle aches. If your child develops any of these symptoms, please call Promise Pediatrics.

4. Time to talk about sunscreen safety! According to studies, people use far less sunscreen than they should. For children over 6 months of age, a good rule of thumb is to use about an ounce per application. Reapply every two hours, and after swimming or lots of sweating. Don’t forget the most frequently missed spots – your ears, hands, and back of your neck. Remember your lips too – use a chapstick or lip balm with an SPF of 15 or greater. There are also more options for SPF clothing than ever before, especially great for babies under six months. On behalf of all of us at Promise Pediatrics, we wish your family a safe and healthy summer!