Keeping Your Family Healthy this Summer

We in NH love our summers – time to shed winter layers and have fun under the sun. However, summer also brings some additional health challenges. Forewarned is forearmed. Here are some areas to be aware of:

Heat Stroke – Normally, our bodies do a great job of self-regulating our internal temperature. However, given extreme temperatures and prolonged exposure, the body’s core temperature can rise, causing significant health consequences, even death. If we’re not paying attention, we might miss the early signs of heat stroke which include confusion, short and rapid breathing, fast pulse or a lack of perspiration. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call 911 and seek immediate medical support.

Food Poisoning – With summer eating comes additional risks. We’re more likely to eat out more or pack and bring our own food. Picnicking is fun, but if we’re not careful, food can rapidly spoil and cause some very unpleasant symptoms. Following a few common-sense guidelines can spell the difference between a trip to the emergency room and maximum enjoyment.

Dehydration – When was the last time your child came up to you and said, “Mommy, I think I’m becoming dehydrated. May I please have some water?” Make sure you and your family are taking frequent water breaks during outdoor activities and be alert to signs of fatigue or overheating.

Bug Bites – Our enjoyment of warmer temperatures is second only to the incredible proliferation of insects during the warmer months. Not only annoying and itchy, bug bites bring the risk of infectious diseases such as West Nile or Lyme disease. Avoiding bugs whenever possible, using repellant and a good bug spray, and smart dressing (long pants and sleeves) can spell the difference between comfort and misery.

Drowning – Thousands of people die each year from pool-related drowning and for each child under 14 that dies from a drowning accident, five experience a near-drowning incident. Have fun and relax around the water, but make sure children are consistently supervised and understand water safety rules.

Find more information on potential summer health and safety risks here.

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