Summer is almost in full-swing, and by now, you’ve probably planned your family’s summer activities, including beach trips, camping, and various other outings. While enjoying the outdoors and the sun, however, make sure to look after your health and those of your kids, especially younger ones like toddlers whose immune defenses have not yet fully developed. Summer would be a good time to bring them to Westminster pediatrics specialists for preventive checkups.
Furthermore, watch out for health concerns that many kids are prone to get every summer, including those discussed below.
The heat, humidity, and possibly high pollen levels can trigger and aggravate asthma attacks in children. Mildew growth in the home is another factor. Make sure you prepare and take all the necessary medications wherever you go, and consult a physician for any concerns, such as possible adjustments in prescriptions and management of symptoms.
Otitis externa or “swimmer’s ear” is one of the most common ear infections among American children. Along with inadequate ear care, the weather conditions during summer make it easier for bacteria and fungi to grow. If it has been a while since you last took your child for professional ear cleaning, or if you think he/she has swimmer’s ear, better make that appointment with the doctor as soon as possible.
Skin Infections and Rashes
The skin infections or allergic rashes that kids develop during summer can be prompted by the heat and humidity, or by exposure to nature. The child can develop fungal infections like athlete’s foot, which are evident through red, itchy patches. After a camping trip, the child may develop rashes as a symptom of Lyme disease from a tick bite, or as an allergic reaction to urushiol, a substance found in the sap of poison ivy, sumac, and oak. See a pediatrician immediately to get the right treatment.
Several kinds of viruses can also cause sickness in children during this time. The Coxsackie virus, which causes hand, foot and mouth disease, is one of them. If you are planning a trip to another country, consider the weather in your destination. In the Southern Hemisphere, for example, it may be winter, which means it’s the peak of flu season. Or, there may be endemic but preventable diseases in the country you’re visiting. An experienced Westminster pediatrician, such as the doctors at Indian Crest Pediatrics, can help boost your child’s immunity through physicals and nutritional advice, as well as scheduled vaccines, if needed, so you can prevent sickness from spoiling the summer fun for your kids.
Keep Kids Safe This Summer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Summer Time Infections, About.com
7 Common Summer Health Concerns, LiveScience