Summer Tips That Everyone Needs To Know
The warmer weather brings a whole list of things to be concerned about. I thought about how many things I've learned over the years and how many things that I have forgotten. So, I started researching again and found a bunch of great things we should all know at webmd.com. Even though common sense is key, let's take a look at some things we may have forgotten or just don't know.
Heat Stroke can sneak up on you. According to WebMD, here are the things to look for:
- Red, hot, dry skin
- Rapid pulse
- Throbbing headache
Stay hydrated, electrolytes are crucial, especially if working outdoors. If you feel over-heated cool the body down gradually.
Sweating too much is a clue (HELLO!) Children are a great concern because all they want to do is play. They don't stop if they are overheated or won't come out of the pool if they are too cold. Blue lips and pruned skin is an indicator to warm up. WebMd asked Denise Salerno, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at Temple University in Philadelphia for her advice who said, "all kids want to do is have fun, so a parent has to be a parental and make sure that they warm up."
Swimming is always a concern. Naturally, children should be supervised at all times, no matter how well they can swim. It is just way too easy for disaster to happen at the beach or pool. Also, that old adage that you should wait 30 minutes after eating is actually true. WebMd asked Sue Leahy, president of the American Safety and Health Institute in New Paltz, N.Y for her advice, "when you are digesting food, there's less blood flow in your body and this takes away from strength, so if you had to really use your strength for undertow, you may have a problem."
- Keep foods containing mayonaise (like macaroni salad) out of the sun and they shouldn't be out for more than 15 minutes when temperatures soar.
- Make sure meats are cooked properly. No pink middles will keep you out of the ER.
Bee, Wasp or Hornet Stings:
Get the stinger out as fast as you can. A credit card works great or if nothing else is around, get it out with your fingernail. It's better than leaving it in and having that venom streaming into your body. (UGH!)
Travel with a small first aid kit. 'nuff said! OK, maybe not 'nuff said. Put one in your car and hope that you never use it. If someone you are out with happens to need it, hey look at you, you're the smart one!
You would think by now we would get that we should wear light colored long pants and sleeves if we're hiking or hanging out near the woods, but do we? Lyme Disease is no picnic (see what I did there?). Don't invite ticks to your next outdoor activity. Use bug repellent with Deet and make sure you check yourself or have someone else check you (who knows, it might be fun).