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Summer Fun in the Sun and Safety Tips


Welcome back to our Monthly Blog!

Summer Fun In The Sun.
Everyone loves summer. It’s the season we devote to leisure and good times with the people we love. 
Summer includes lots of outdoor activities with friends and family.  Vacations, camping, barbecues, beaches, water activities, kids camps and so much more.  
While enjoying your fun in the sun, please keep in mind a few great tips to keep your children healthy and safe. 

Sun Protection 
When it comes to protecting your kids from the sun, sunscreen plays an important role.   Applying generous amounts of UVA- and UVB-blocking sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is recommended. Reapply at least every two hours for continued protection. Hats, umbrellas, sunglasses and UV clothing also play an important role in sun protection.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, without proper protection, 80% of the sun's UV rays can penetrate the skin.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Too much UV exposure or frequent sunburns, particularly during childhood, dramatically increases the likelihood of developing skin cancer. 

Water Safety 
Keeping our children safe is always a constant with parents.  
Swimming lessons can begin when your child is six months old. However, it is never too late to learn to swim. Swimming is an essential life skill.  
It is also important to teach our children to swim with a friend and under the supervision of an adult.  Lifeguards recommend reviewing  pool and water safety rules with our children before they swim.  As needed, utilize Coast Guard - approved life jackets. 
I personally recommend that parents obtain a CPR certification.  CPR certificate can now be obtained online. The process is quick and inexpensive.

Staying Hydrated 
The body constantly loses water throughout the day. To prevent dehydration, be sure to drink plenty of water as well as eat water rich fruits and vegetables. 
Health experts commonly recommend half a gallon of water a day. If it is difficult for you or your children to consume this amount of water in a day, try to flavor your water with fresh fruits or vegetables. Delicious!
Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons. Hydration regulates the bodies temperature, keeps our joints lubricated,  helps prevent infections, delivers nutrients to cells, and keeps organs functioning properly. 

As always, the staff at Healthy Kids Care is hear to answer any questions or concerns.  It is my great privilege to be of service to you and your family.

May you have an amazing, safe summer.

Dr. Atousa


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