One of the big advantages of being a patient of our Pediatric Care Center kids’ doctors is your access to around-the-clock office hours. With daylight lasting longer and kids getting out of school, it’s good to know that our offices are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our pediatric doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach are here to see your child anytime you need us.
To help you get ready for summer we thought we’d pass along some pointers to help you avoid summer illnesses and mishaps. Some of the most-common health issues associated with hot weather are:
Dehydration — Kids lose water fast, so it’s important for them to drink lots of water (not sodas or even juice) when they’re playing outside. If they start to show signs of dehydration, such as dizziness, dry mouth, or producing less or darker urine, get them into a cool place quickly and have them drink cool water.
Sunburn — Use sunscreen, and plenty of it. Be sure to buy “full spectrum” sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30 (although anything over 50 really doesn’t make a difference). Reapply the sunscreen every 90 minutes to 2 hours, even if it says it’s water-resistant or “sweat proof.”
Skin irritations — Summer brings a greater risk of exposure to irritating plants like poison ivy. If you or your child is exposed, wash the skin as soon as possible, but don’t scrub and avoid scratching! That can make it worse. An antihistamine, calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream can help relieve the itching. If it’s persistent, give us a call.
Food safety — Picnics are great fun, but make sure you keep your food iced-down in a cooler to prevent bacteria growth. Mayonnaise-based foods and melons are two frequent offenders.
Keep these tips in mind and have a great summer!