Summer Diseases & Illnesses To Watch Your Kids For

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Sunburn & Other Skin Conditions

Sunburn is practically synonymous with summer, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Sunburns occur when the skin is exposed to too much ultraviolet radiation and causes the skin to become red, hot, and sometimes even to blister. Other skin conditions, such as eczema, hives, or skin rashes can also be more common during the summer as children can go into improperly cleaned swimming pools, sweat excessively, or simply be in dirtier conditions due to more outdoor time.

To help your kids avoid sunburns, limit outdoor activities to times of the day with the least intensive UV radiation, such as mornings and afternoons, and make sure they are protected when they do go outside. Sunscreens and hats are always good to have on hand, but if your child is particularly susceptible to burns, consider also only sending them outside in clothing that has long sleeves or in long pants. Other skin conditions can usually be prevented by proper hygiene and bathing on a regular basis.

 

Bug Bites and Dog Bites

More outdoor time also exposes your children to a higher chance of bug bites and even dog bites, as many owners are letting their pets roam outside more in the better weather. Bug bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, and other insects are more common though and usually show up in the form of a red bump on the body and are often itchy. If your child is allergic to one of these insect bites, they might also develop hives, fevers, swelling and difficulty breathing at which point they should see a medical professional.

To prevent bug bites, line your backyard with plants that drive away insects such as lemongrass and mint, if possible. Have your children wear bug-repellant when venturing further outdoors, along with protective clothing. If you know that your child is allergic to a certain insect, make sure to always have the proper medication handy in case of an emergency. To keep your kids safe from dog, don’t let them play unattended in an un-fenced yard and teach them to stay away from unknown dogs.

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