Summer is here and the kids are out of school. The school summer holidays are meant for children to enjoy their time off of school playing in the yard, swimming at the local pool and playing baseball.
While winter often makes us think of illnesses and flu, the summer can bring its own health setbacks for our kids. In some cases, summer time illnesses can be unique only to the time of year and leave children missing out on the fun.
BBQs are common during the summer months. There is nothing better than getting together with friends and family and grilling outdoors. Food that has been undercooked or left out too long after cooking can cause food poisoning. Children can experience vomiting and diarrhea after eating bad food. Anyone suffering from vomiting and diarrhea during the hot summer months runs the risk of dehydration as well.
Many parents will take their children to the swimming pool during school vacation. It can be fun splashing in the water, but kids can develop swimmer’s ear. The ailment is most common in summer as it is the time most people head to the swimming pool or lake. Swimmer’s ear occurs when water gets trapped in the ear canal and bacteria forms causing the inner ear to be inflamed. To prevent swimmer’s ear kids can wear plugs that prevent water from entering the ear canal.
Heat stroke, or sometimes referred to as sun stroke, occurs when a child is exposed to the sun and heat for far too long. The body overheats and becomes dehydrated causing a child to feel poorly. Heat stroke can be life threatening. A child can be at risk of heat stroke due to participating in activity on a hot day. Due to the body’s inability to regulate its temperature, it overheats. It is important to pay close attention to children during hot days to prevent heat stroke from occurring.