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Summer Diseases & Illnesses To Watch Your Kids For

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Summer is right around the corner, with the promise of all things good and fun. There’s pool parties and fireworks, barbeques and ice pops, beaches and weddings. Just when you think it’s all fun and games, someone gets sick. Kids especially are prone to summer sicknesses such as food poisoning, chicken pox, measles, and water-borne diseases. They’re having so much fun that they don’t realize they’re putting their little bodies in the way of diseases. As a parent, here are a few things you should watch out for during the summer to keep your kids healthy and having fun.

 

Allergies & Hay Fever

Summer might not seem like the time for allergies, but with the abundance of pollen and everyone cutting grass on a regular basis, allergies can be a big issue for children, especially those that are always outside. Symptoms of allergies and hay fever can include itchy and watery eyes, coughs, runny nose and even slight fevers.

Let’s be honest, we want kids to be outside as much as possible during the summer, so to keep them allergy-free, try these simple tips. When symptoms start appearing, make sure your child has allergies and not a cold by checking the color of their mucus. Clear or white mucus most likely indicates allergies. Treat allergy symptoms, as a natural option you may want to give your child more raw onion, garlic or ginger as it helps to boost the immune system, and keeping them indoors, especially on high pollen days.

 

Heat Stroke and Heat Rash

The high temperatures during summer months sometimes work against us, and children are especially susceptible as they have a smaller body mass. Heat stroke occurs when the body can’t regulate its temperature and overheats, often resulting in fever or the person passing out. Heat rash occurs when the body can’t get rid of excess heat through sweating because the sweat glands are blocked. This results in a red rash on the skin that sometimes causes blisters.

To prevent heatstroke, make sure your child is always hydrated and stays in the shade during the hottest times of the day, usually 1-4 pm. Heat rashes are best prevented by lifestyle changes such as staying indoors during hot times of the day, wearing loose clothing and letting skin air dry instead of towel-drying after showers or baths.

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