Summer Remedies to Keep Kids Healthy and Happy Over the Holiday Weekend

By: Jennifer Dowling
By: Jennifer Dowling

There are some things you can do to keep your kids healthy should they have any mishaps occur this holiday weekend. Doctor Fred Bean at the Meridian Family Practice says when you head out into the sun of course, make sure your kids have on their sunblock. He says what parents may not know is that even if you use a beach umbrella, the reflection off of the sand and water can still cause a burn. The doctor says, at the first sign of a burn, get the kids out of the sun because the worst could be to come. Dr. Bean says, "The more severe sunburns won't be too obvious for a day or two."

Parasites at the lake can also pose a problem. The doctor says if they get under the skin, you can try putting nail polish on the bumps to suffocate them. He says, "The nail polish simply kills the parasite."
Dr. Bean suggests using Benadryl for the itch. However, if your child has a rash and you don't know what it is, see your doctor.

Bug bites or bee stings can cause some tears. To soothe the area, you can mix baking soda and water together to make a paste to reduce the swelling on the skin. Ice and medication will also help. Dr. Bean says, "The medicine Benadryl is probably the best choice for a typical allergic reaction."

Cuts and abrasions can be cleaned up with soap and water. The doctor says peroxide is useful for breaking up a scab, but it's not as good as soap and water for new wounds. Dr. Bean says, "Peroxide is basically an oxidizing agent that basically helps get rid of scabs and any covering, certainly wounds and poison ivy, and things like that, can have a thick covering where soap and water won't ever get to the wound. Peroxide can break that apart. But, if you have a plain old cut or scrape, it doesn't do much good."

If your child has a significant cut or abrasion that you can't stop the cut from bleeding in about a 5 minute time span, Doctor Bean says you may have to go to an urgent care clinic. He says if it's a significant wound, you should also take your child to the doctor for a Tetanus shot if they haven't had one in the last 5 years.

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