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Tips for a Healthy Summer

To keep children safe and healthy this summer, parents need to understand the risks posed by summer activities.  Unfortunately, summer dangers don’t end with the application of sunscreen.  While UV rays from the sun can be especially damaging to young children, hydration and dietary needs still need to be addressed.  As a parent, prepare your child for the summer by following these guidelines:

  • Eating Healthy:  Incorporating calcium, fiber, carbohydrates, protein and iron into your child’s diet will strengthen bones, promote growth and provide energy for daily activities.
  • Supervision:  Always supervise children around water to maintain safety and prevent life-threatening accidents.  Even if  children can swim well, they must still be supervised since they still run the risk of slipping on wet surfaces, hitting their heads, and falling into the pool.
  • Hydration:  Dehydration can be hard to spot when children are actively playing.  Watch for signs of confusion and sluggishness, as they indicate dehydration.  Pediatricians recommend active children should consume 3-8 ounces of water every 20 minutes.
  • UV Protection:  Learn about sunscreen  to avoid sun damage and apply sunscreen regularly.  Remember that children in and out of water will require frequent sunscreen application.  Depending on where your children are playing, Phoenix pediatricians may also recommend the use of bug spray.

In addition, although your child may be excited that school has ended, maintaining a sleep schedule and limiting TV time  are important for healthy development.  For any specific concerns about your child and their health this summer, don’t hesitate to contact your Phoenix doctors at Pediatrix.  Call the Pediatrix office at (602) 866-0550 or contact us online with any questions or concerns about your child’s health.

 

Sincerely,

 

Subir K. Mitra, MD FAAP

Posted in Blog on June 26th, 2012