As school lets out and we transition into summer mode, it is important to ensure our children’s safety in the heat and around water. It is important to limit the time children are exposed to the sun, especially in the hottest parts of the day. To prevent dehydration or sunburns, a cover up with long sleeves is a good option. Additionally, lightweight pants, hats and sunglasses can round out a sun-safe outfit for a little one. Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, preferably 30, is -and it is vital to make sure the sunscreen protects again UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin surfaces, such as back of the hands, neck and face. Sunscreen works best if applied thoroughly and often, which means about one ounce per child and reapplied every 2 hours. It is suggested to try and avoid the hottest times of the day with peak sun exposure, usually around 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If possible, try to stay in the shade and limit direct ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure from the sun. Due to reflecting UV rays, both water and even sand can lead to faster sunburns, so be extra careful.

Water safety is an important topic here in Phoenix. It is imperative that children are constantly supervised when they are around any amount of water, from bathtub to backyard pool. Private pools should have a cover or pool fence, and should remain off limits to children when unsupervised. Make sure to take a complete count of everyone in and around the pool, and remain aware of those who may leave the area to make sure you can account for everyone. When exiting the pool, remember to secure the area and to remove pool toys. This goes for small kiddie-type pools, large above-ground pools, or large in-ground pools. At public pools with lifeguards present, there still is no substitute for parental supervision. Consider teaching your children how to swim before taking to the water, and it is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with pediatric CPR techniques. Classes are often offered for free in the community.

As always, the Mi Salud Clinic is here to serve your families health needs-call us at 602-523-9312 to schedule an appointment.