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By contactus@milfordkidsdoctor.com
May 28, 2015
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STOP Tick Bites!

May 28th, 2015

 

As summer approaches we would like to give you some tips to keep your kids healthy and safe outdoors! With the warm weather many bugs are coming out, including ticks! Most tick bites are harmless and will not require medical treatment; however some ticks carry germs and diseases like Lyme disease.

Prevent Ticks

  • Before going outside use insect repellent with 10%-20% DEET if your child is 2 years or older, make sure you follow the directions when applying
  • When playing in wooded and grassy areas kids should wear long sleeve shirts and pants
  • After being outside check skin and hair for ticks, common areas to look are the scalp, arm pits, behind ears, in the belly button and other small crevices

What to Do If You Find a Tick

  • Using tweezers grasp the tick firmly by the head or mouth
  • Pull firmly on the tick until it is removed from the skin
  • Wash the bite with soap and water
  • Clean the bite with alcohol
  • DO NOT use petroleum jelly or a hot match to remove the tick, this can increase the chance of disease transmission

When to Seek Medical Care Following a Tick Bite

  • If the tick was on the skin for 24 hours
  • Parts of the tick is stuck in skin after removal
  • Development of a rash
  • Signs of infection including: warmth, swelling, pain, or pus
  • Symptoms including: fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, joint soreness

 

Want to learn more? Check out this site:

  • http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/

REMEMBER:

  • Don’t forget to check your pets too!
  • When in doubt, take action!  Always give our office a call or send us a message on patient portal if your child gets a bite and you have any questions or concerns!

We are always here to help, Healthy kids = Happy Kids!

 

Resources:

http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/sheets/tick_bites_sheet.html

http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopticks/

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By contactus@milfordkidsdoctor.com
May 18, 2015
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Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

May 18th-24th

 

With Memorial Day around the corner we would like to give you to some tips to stay healthy and safe over the holiday weekend!

Avoid Spreading Germs

 Chlorine kills most germs in minutes, but some germs can survive for days.

Tips to stop spreading germs and protect your kids:

  • Shower before entering the pool
  • Don’t Swallow water
  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea
  • Use sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply
  • EVERY HOUR
    • Take bathroom breaks
    • Check and change diapers

Prevent Drowning

Drowning is the #2 accidental cause of death of children in Michigan.

Safety Tips:

  • ALWAYS supervise; NEVER leave your child alone in or near water!
  • Use life jackets correctly
  • Know CPR

Prevent Mishandling Pool Chemicals

Every year nearly 5,000 Emergency Room visits are a result of mishandling pool chemicals.

Safety Tips:

  • Read labels and directions carefully
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment
  • Never add pool chemicals when someone is in the water
  • Store chemicals out of reach of children

 

Swimming is a fun and healthy way to get physical activity, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Stay safe over the holiday weekend, and remember:

Healthy Kids are Happy Kids!

 

Reminder: Our office will be closed on Saturday May 23rd and Monday May 25th!

Want to learn more? Check out these sites:

  • Healthy Swimming Site- www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming 
  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week- www.cdc.gov/healthywater/observances/hss-week/index.html 
  • Safe Swimming Links- www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/injury/index.html

Resources: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/pdf/swimming/rwi/hss-week/HHS-Week-Toolkit-2015.pdf