☀︎ 1. Summer season is checkup season! Before you know it, the kids will be heading back to school. Avoid the rush and schedule your child’s checkup and immunizations today. We want to hear all about your children’s lives over the past year, make sure they’re healthy and happy, and explore ways we can help in the coming year. One of the things we love most is building relationships with families so we can offer the best personalized care! Promise Pediatrics will be happy to schedule your child’s summer checkup in just a moment.
☀︎ 2. Don’t let swimmer’s ear ruin the summer fun! Unlike a regular ear infection that occurs in the middle ear, swimmer’s ear is marked by infection or inflammation of the outer ear canal and is caused by… you guessed it – swimming. Swimmer’s ear can occur when water gets into the ear canal, acting as a breeding ground for bacteria or fungus. Pain, itching, swelling, redness, and discharge are common symptoms. If your child is prone to developing swimmer’s ear, we can discuss ways to prevent it.
☀︎ 3. Bugs aren’t just a nuisance of summer; they carry dangerous diseases. When choosing an insect repellent to guard your family against ticks and mosquitoes, the AAP recommends that it contains no more than 30% DEET when used on children, Repellents are not recommended for children younger than two months. While many natural alternatives exist, remember that natural doesn’t always mean safe. We can give you our recommendations in just a moment.
☀︎ 4. Time to talk 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!