Ma.Jesusa Christina Calagos-Macalinao, MD, FAAP
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Warm weather is in full swing, and that means plenty of sun, swimming and fun outdoors. Although summer is likely your child’s favorite time of year, it can also be the most dangerous. According to the The National Safe Kids Campaign, 40 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits occur during the months of May, June, July and August. As many as 90 percent of those injuries are avoidable. Take preventive measures to keep your child safe this summer with these tips for sun and water safety:

Water Safety

  • Never leave your child unattended in or around water. Children can drown in as little as two inches of water, so supervision is imperative even in “kiddie pools.”
  • Place a floatation jacket on your children at all times while swimming, boating or playing near the water.
  • If you have a home swimming pool, keep it enclosed with a fence with a self-latching gate.
  • Do not allow your children to run near or around swimming pools.
  • Learn CPR – it can save a life.

Sun Safety

  • Always apply sunscreen to your children before they play or swim outdoors. Follow the directions for application, and reapply as necessary or as directed.
  • Give your children plenty of water. The sun can cause dehydration quickly, so making sure your child is well-hydrated could prevent an emergency room visit.
  • Never, ever leave your child alone in a parked car – even for just a minute or two. Every year, children die from heat stroke sustained in a hot vehicle.

you live in or around Macon, call our offices or fill out an online appointment request form to schedule an appointment with us. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and look forward to serving you and your family.

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