Swimming is synonymous with summer, but can pose a safety hazard for children. Below are some basic tips for pool safety, but please click on the following link for a detailed list of pool safety tips: (please rename link to “HealthyChildren.org Pool Safety”)
Fences – a 4-foot high 4-sided fence is recommended around any body of water, with a lock high enough where small children cannot reach it. Inflatable pools pose a drowning risk as well, as these often aren’t fenced off. Deflating inflatable pools when not in use is recommended.
The AAP recommends swim lessons for all children over the age of 4, and from the ages of 1-4 when showing interest of developmental readiness.
To prevent burns, it is recommended that infants under the age of 6 months have no direct exposure to sunlight. After 6 months, “broad spectrum” sunscreen (which protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 15 and above is recommended. It’s best to apply 15-30 minutes prior to sun exposure, with reapplication after 2 hours, or after swimming/sweating. Experts recommend trying to avoid sunscreen containing the ingredient oxybenzone because of concerns of mild hormonal properties. Instead, try sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Lightweight long-sleeve shirts and pants with a tight weave, along with wide-brimmed hats, are recommended when children are outdoors.
Sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection are also important.
Try to avoid sun between the hours of 10am – 4pm when the sun is most intense.
Tips to avoid bites
Combination sunscreen/bug spray products should be avoided, as sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours whereas insect repellant should not be reapplied that frequently
Wash off the areas you applied bug spray on your children bug spray when coming indoors
Transmitted by the deer tick - usually small (3-10mm), and red/brown or brown
Mainly in NE states, as well as MN/WI/MI – Lyme disease is not endemic in Ohio
Diagnosis – usually by symptoms; bloodwork is not helpful in confirming or ruling out Lyme disease
Stages of Lyme disease
Treatment - there are antibiotics that treat Lyme disease, and also antibiotics that prevent someone from getting Lyme disease. In order to be put on these medications, certain criteria need to be met. If your child has the above symptoms with a recent known tick bite, please call and schedule an appointment to discuss need for treatment.