Now that summer is here, Pennsylvania physicians want to ensure that everyone has a safe and healthy summer. There are a few easy things children and parents can do to make a difference.
A news release recently issued by the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) provides several summer safety tips, including:
- Provide caregivers with a medical consent card
- Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and how to avoid it, including staying hydrated and taking plenty of breaks from the sun
- Protect skin with 30 SPF or higher sunscreen and reapply often, cover up, and avoid outdoor peak hours when UV rays are the strongest
- Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing 100 percent UV-safe wrap-around sunglasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays
- Wear a helmet when bike riding or longboarding
“With the right plan and safety precautions, everyone — children and parents both —can enjoy a wonderful summer break,” said Bruce MacLeod, MD, president of PAMED.