THH June Newsletter

MONTHLY BUILDING BLOCKS

JUNE 2019

FOCUS:

Sun exposure

Water Safety

“Debug”

Announcements

  • Notice to Patients and Parents of a Potential breach of PHI and Personal Information explained on her website thhpediatrics.com

Sun Safety

Protect your family from sunburns:

  • Babies younger than 6 months kept out of direct sunlight
  • Dress in lightweight and protective clothing that covers the body
  • Wear a hat
  • Limit your sun exposure between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when UV rays are strongest.
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Use sunscreen.

Sunscreen

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) 30-50 of at least 15 (up to SPF 50) which will screen out both UVB and UVA rays
  • Choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
  • Put sunscreen on 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors
  • Remember that you can get sunburn even on cloudy days
  • Apply a generous amount of sunscreen every 2 hours

Sunburn

  • Give your child water to replace lost fluids
  • If the skin is red, warm and painful then you can treat at home
    • Use cool water to help your child’s skin feel better
    • Give your child tylenol or ibuprofen for pain
    • Keep your child out of the sun until the sunburn is fully healed.​
  • If If the sunburn causes blisters, fever, chills, headache then call us immediately

Drowning Prevention

  • Start Swim Lessons early for you and your family
  • Fence & secure swimming pools
    • Be at least 4-feet high
    • Self-closing and self-latching gate that is locked at all times.
    • Keep toys out of the pool area to avoid tempting children
    • Cover and lock hot tubs
  • Empty water containers, water coolers
  • Adult supervision in arms length
  • Life jackets near large body of water

Bug Safety

  • Don’t use scented soaps/perfumes
  • Avoid areas such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.
  • Eliminate stagnant water
  • Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
  • To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently back it out by scraping it with a credit card or your fingernail.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET (10% to 30% DEET) DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age.
    • 10% DEET provides protection for about 2 hours, and 30% protects for about 5 hours
  • Children should wash off repellents when they return indoors.
  • When outside in the evenings cover up with long sleeved shirts, pants and socks to prevent bites.
  • Children should wear hats to protect against ticks when walking in the woods, high grasses or bushes. Check hair and skin for ticks at the end of the day.

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