Summer Skin Check-up: 5 Warning Signs

August 13, 2012

With the warm summer weather and bathing suit season in full gear, it’s a good time to take a few minutes and look over your child’s skin.  Check for rashes, new moles or birthmarks or changes in existing spots.

Here are 5 warning signs for moles or nevi that should be brought to your doctor’s attention:

 

  • A: Asymmetry — one half not looking like the other side
  • B: Border — an irregular or poorly defined border
  • C: Color — uneven; some areas can even be black, red, white or blue!
  • D: Diameter — greater than 5mm (the size of the eraser on a pencil)
  • Or any changes in size, shape or color.

Be vigilant in sunscreen use for your youngster! Just one bad sunburn before the age of 20 doubles his or her risk of melanoma. Here are some guidelines and good skin protection practices:

  • Seek shade when able; the sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm.
  • Wear protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.
  • Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Make sure to reapply–especially after swimming or sweating or toweling off–at and least every 2 hours.
  • Be extra careful around the water–it can reflect the rays from the sun and increase the risk for sunburn.
  • Always avoid tanning beds.

Get outside and enjoy the summer season! The start of school is just around the corner…

 

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Tips for Firework Safety on the 4th

July 2, 2012

Summer is officially here and the parties and celebrations have begun. What comes to mind when you think of the 4th of July?

Chances are, you think red, white and blue, cooking out and fireworks!

Fireworks can be a lot of fun to watch as a family, but they are also very dangerous–especially to children.  Firework displays, when done by professionals, are a great treat on the holiday. Use caution and stay as far back as you can from where they are being launched, both to protect yourself in case one misfires and to decrease some of the noise.  Here are a couple other things to consider:

Noise

Noise-induced hearing loss is a definite danger of fireworks; noise levels can range from 88 to 126 decibels during a normal display. Hearing loss can occur with constant exposure to sounds of over 85 decibels in as short as 15 minutes! Help protect your child’s ears with ear plugs or even ear muffs.

DIY Fireworks – A Don’t!

Fireworks at home are illegal in four states, and New York is among those on the prohibited list. The category of “fireworks” also includes roman candles, rockets and sparklers. Did you know that a sparkler can reach temperatures of  upwards of 1000 degrees F?  That’s hot enough to melt gold!

Across the U.S. each summer, numerous accidents happen with home-use of fireworks.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 9,600 firework-related injuries reported last year alone — and 65 percent of those occurred in the month surrounding July 4th. Between burns and explosions, fireworks are a danger to people of all ages.

If you find a piece of a firework, soak it in a bucket of water before putting it in the trash to make sure it is extinguished and do not try to reignite it.  Most of all, do not allow your child anywhere near it.

Have a safe and happy holiday, and please, please leave the fireworks to the professionals!

 

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Tips for a Healthy Summer IV – How to Beat Boredom

June 7, 2012

Now that the kids are out of school and have many more hours to fill each day, you may start to hear “I’m bored!” once in a while. So what’s the best way to fill those wide open summer afternoons? Here are some suggestions for fun and healthy activities for your family.

1. Try a new sport! Summer is full of opportunities to play soccer, baseball, tennis, volleyball — informally or in organized teams and leagues in your town. Or, at home, try roller skating, bike riding or jumping rope.  And, course, swimming! (Just remember those water safety tips.)

2.  Go to the library.  Pick out books that interest your children, even if they’re not on the required reading lists for school.  Keeping their brains active is just as important as their bodies!

3.  Socialize at camp.  There are tons of summer camp options to choose from, including overnight camps, day camps, sports camps, arts camps — you  name it! Older children and teens can become counselors or counselors-in-training.

4.  Most of all — enjoy your time together as a family! Get out on your bikes, go to carnivals, eat ice cream, go for a picnic, take a walk around your town. Or maybe it’s a great year to throw all the kids in the car and go off on a family vacation.  Before you know it, fall will be here again!

What do you and your family do during the summer to beat boredom? Leave your ideas below!

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Tips for a Healthy Summer III – Bug bites, bee stings and rashes – oh my!

June 6, 2012

One of the more unpleasant parts of summer are all of the critters that can inflict painful, annoying–and sometimes harmful–bites, stings and rashes.

Thankfully, life-threatening reactions to stings in children are relatively rare; they occur in fewer than one percent of all children. But in New York State alone, there are more than 2,500 hospital visits each year because of insect stings in children under 19, and more than 11,000 because of insect bites.  It’s important to remember the distinction between insects that sting when they feel threatened (like hornets, bees and wasps), and those that are non-venomous but will bite even when unprovoked (like mosquitos, ticks and fleas).

What happens if your child gets bit or stung by an insect? Check out these great first aid tips from KidsHealth.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent bites, stings and rashes:

  • Insect repellents with DEET can be used on older children, but not on infants/toddlers. Always avoid your child’s face and hands.  And remember — repellents do a good job of keeping away bites, but do nothing for stings!
  • Do a “tick-check” after hiking around in grassy or wooded areas.  They can found be everywhere on the body–including in belly buttons! If found, remove with tweezers and disinfect the skin.
  • Poison ivy is spread from the oil on the plant, so be careful of exposed skin.  Always wear long pants and sleeves if hiking or playing in the woods or weeds. Shampoo pets if they’ve been outside in wooded or weedy areas, as the plant oil can carried in on their fur too.
Up tomorrow: “I’m bored…are we there yet?” Ideas for keeping active and beating boredom!

Tips for a Healthy Summer II – Water Safety

June 5, 2012

Continuing our week-long series on tips for a healthy summer, today we turn our attention to water safety.  We’re lucky to live in the Rochester area, which–between Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and all of the smaller lakes, ponds and backyard pools–has tons of places to cool off during the summer heat.  But, an afternoon at the beach, lake or pool and quickly turn dangerous if you’re not careful.

The Scary Statistics

  • Each day, two children in the U.S. die from accidental drowning.
  • Children ages 1 – 4 are most at risk; drowning claims more lives each year in this age group than almost any other cause.

(courtesy of the CDC’s website)

What You Can Do

So what can you do to keep your family safe while swimming this summer? Make water safety a top priority. In addition to these great tips from the CDC, here are a few other things to remember:

  1. All permanent pools must be fenced in.
  2. Never — I repeat, NEVER — leave your children unattended near the water — no matter how old they are!
  3. Water wings/floaties are not a substitute for a lifejacket when in the water or in a boat.
  4. Lifeguarding makes a great summer job for your teenager.  Sign him or her up for local classes, which are frequently offered through schools or the YMCA.

 

Up tomorrow: Bug bites, bee stings and rashes–oh my!

Tips for a Healthy Summer I – Beating the Heat

June 4, 2012

The school year is winding down, the temperatures are heating up–summer vacation is nearly here!

Summer brings more than just changes in temperatures and activities, though. Now that the kids are out of school, there are changes in schedules, caregivers, and much more.  All this week, we’ll be sharing some tips on how to beat the heat, how to keep your kids active, healthy and safe this summer, and how to plan for the unexpected.

First up…beating the heat!

Four Commandments of Sun Protection

1. Always Use Sunscreen
Starting when your child is six months old, apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed area of skin (including ears, tops of feet, and the back of their neck). And make sure you reapply after swimming/sweating even if it’s “waterproof” sunscreen.

2. Avoid the Peak
Peak sun hours are generally between 10am and 4pm, so plan indoor and/or shady activities during these times.

3. Cover it Up
Keep skin covered with a light cotton long-sleeved t-shirt and pants. Use a hat with a brim–this is especially important for toddlers with thin hair to avoid scalp sunburn!

4. Drink it Up
Make sure your children are getting plenty of fluids. Good news–this includes popsicles!

Up tomorrow: Pools, lakes, oceans–water safety is a must!

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