Tips for Summer

Spending time in extreme heat can cause multiple heat related medical conditions, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Read below for symptoms, treatment and tips as suggested by the Mayo Clinic.

Bee Stings

When a bee stings you, venomous toxin is left behind which can cause pain, swelling and other symptoms. Luckily, most bee stings can be treated at home. 

  • Severe Allergic Reactions Include:​

    • Hives, pale skin, severe itching​

    • Swelling of tongue & throat

    • Difficulty breathing, rapid pulse

    • Diarrhea, nausea & vomiting

    • Dizziness, loss of consciousness

  • Tips:

    • Don't walk around barefoot​

    • Leave beehives alone

    • Don't wear sweet-smelling perfume, hair products or body products

    • Don't wear bright colors or floral designs

    • Cover food & do not drink from open soda cans

    • Do not drive with windows down

    • Stay away from uncovered garbage

  • Home Remedies:

    • Apply ice to the affected area and take Motrin or Advil to help reduce pain and swelling. In more extreme cases, take Benadryl.

    • Baking Soda: mix baking soda and water to form a thick paste, apply thick layer to affected area, cover with bandage, leave on at least 15 minutes, re-apply as needed​

    • Witch Hazel: apply directly to bee sting as needed to help reduce swelling, pain and itching

Water Safety
  • Parents and child providers should know CPR in case of a water emergency such as drowning

  • Supervise all children near a pool, hot tub or natural body of water

    • Do not rely on air-filled or foam toys​, including water wings, noodles or inner tubes, to keep children safe

  • Teach children to swim

  • Do not drink alcohol when boating, swimming or supervising children who are swimming

  • All children and adults should wear life jackets when riding in a boat or fishing

Dehydration

During the summer, it is important to drink more water to replace liquids lost through sweat. 

  • Signs of Dehydration in Infants & Young Children

    • Dry mouth & tongue

    • No tears when crying

    • No wet diapers for 3 hours

    • Sunken eyes and cheeks

    • Sunken soft spot on top of skull

    • Listlessness or irritability

  • Signs of Dehydration in Adults

    • Extreme thirst​

    • Less frequent urination

    • Dark-colored urine

    • Fatigue, dizziness or confusion

  • When to See a Doctor:

    • Has had diarrhea for 24 hours or more, is irritable or disoriented and much sleepier or less active than usual, can't keep down ​fluids, has bloody or black stool

  • Dehydration Causes:

    • Not drinking enough water, severe diarrhea and vomiting, fever, excessive sweating without replacing liquids, increased urination from uncontrolled diabetes or certain medications​

  • Severe Complications:

    • Heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke​

    • Urinary & kidney problems

    • Seizures or low blood volume shock

Travel Safety Tips
  • Keep eyes on the road, go the posted speed limit and do not text & drive

  • Secure all children in car seats or booster seats and make sure all adults wear seat belts

  • Carry an emergency kit with items such as jumper cables, bottled water, first aid kit, nonperishable food items, etc.

  • Never drink alcohol and drive, always have a designated sober driver

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