Family Corner: Take the Bite Out of Summer

summer health tipsSummer is the time for families to kick back, relax and have fun, but it can also be a time of discomfort and illness if the proper precautions are not taken. Start the season by reminding your family members of the importance of protecting their skin from sunburn and damage caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. Broad-spectrum sunscreens with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 protect skin from approximately 97% of UVA rays and 97% of UVB rays.

What to Include in a Home First Aid Kit

With outdoor adventure comes the potential for injury, so be sure to have your home first aid kit fully stocked and on hand. The following supplies can help you effectively respond to common injuries and emergencies.

  • Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Elastic wrap bandages
  • Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution and towelettes
  • Pain reliever
  • Instant cold packs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • Antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine
  • Eyewash solution
  • Thermometer

Beat the Heat: Stay Hydrated

Be sure to increase your fluid intake when temperatures rise. Your body needs extra water to produce the sweat that cools the skin and keeps the body from overheating. Drink at least every half-hour to ensure you are replacing lost fluids. If there is too little water within the body, bodily functions are affected and you could experience problems ranging from weakness to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke. Adequate hydration, or replacement of water in your body, is extremely important to keep you healthy and active all summer long.

Learn more about how to avoid dehydration.

Get Skin Care at RediClinic

For treatment of a serious sunburn, rashes, insect bites and other common skin conditions, head to your nearest RediClinic, open seven days a week. RediClinic is also your one-stop source for all of your back-to-school health needs, including vaccination clinics, health screenings and physicals for school.

Make an online appointment today!