Spring Valley Health Update
Week of Aug. 15
Remember to put sun screen on children and make sure they have plenty of fluids when playing outside.
- Heat cramps are severe cramps in the limbs and abdomen with no fever. This is not a serious condition. If your child experiences heat cramps, move him or her to a cool place and encorage drinking plenty of cold water.
- Heat exhaustion usually comes on gradually. The child will feel cold and appear pale with no fever. He or she will be very weak, sweating profusely, dizzy and may faint. Get the child to a cool place and have him lay down with his legs above his head. Put cold towels on his skin and encourage him to drink as much water as possible. Call the physician.
- Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition characterized by hot flushed skin, a high fever, no sweating, confusion and low blood pressure. Onset is rapid. Immediately call 911 and try to cool down the child as quickly as possible. Move her to a cool area, place ice packs under her arms and in her groin area.
To help prevent any of these conditions from occurring, keep children out of the heat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun is the hottest. Have plents of water on hand and encourage children to drink large amounts of it. Take frequent breaks and wear lightweight clothing. The West Village Pointe pediatricians want to remind everyone to schedule those health care physicals as soon as possible because appointment times are filling up fast.
Week of May 16
The Spring Valley pediatricians want to remind everyone to call and make those school and sports physical appointments as soon as possible.
Also, strawberries and asparagus are in season and have plenty of antioxidants, not to mention they are very tasty in a refreshing summer salad.
Remember to where your sunscreen, especially when outside getting your 2 hours of play or exercise per day.