Summer First Aid
Summer brings a variety of season-related injuries and illnesses, a few suggestions for dealing with these minor summer problems may eliminate the need for unnecessary trips to the family physician or emergency room. Insect bites and stings are usually recognized by welts, swelling and irritation. Wash the area with soap and water. Remove the stinger if it is still in the skin and apply an ice pack to area. If your child is subject to allergic reactions or there is severe swelling, seek medical attention immediately. A long-lasting, waterproof, sunblock of at least 15 SPF should be applied every morning before coming to school to prevent sunburns. Sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat are as important for summer protection as gloves and coats are for the winter.
If you have any questions or feel uncomfortable treating any of these problems, contact your child’s physician or your family’s health care provider.
Thumb-sucking Babies Sleep Well
Babies as young as three weeks old who are put to bed awake rather than rocked to sleep, learn how to soothe themselves to sleep. They also fall back to sleep more easily after awakening. These “self-soothers” are more likely to use a pacifier or their fingers to help them fall asleep.