The summer months bring with them loads of fun and outdoor activities, but the hot weather can also create special dangers. To keep your family healthy during hot days, summer first aid tools should be kept nearby, ready for use. You will then be prepared for numerous emergency situations that commonly occur during this time of year.
Outdoor fun often causes both children and adults to forget about the effects of harsh ultraviolet rays. Severe burns can occur on the face, shoulders, back, chest and legs, either at the beach, a ballgame or even a relaxing day at the park. Keep a sufficient amount of aloe vera gel on hand to treat these severe sunburns. You can find gels that contain lidocaine, which helps to numb the skin to provide temporary relief from painful burns. For any sunburn that blisters or produces raw areas on the skin, see a healthcare provider for medical treatment.
CUTS AND SCRAPES
Outdoor games have the potential to cause cuts and scrapes that can lead to infection. Keep antiseptic wipes and bandages in your summer first-aid kit, or a tube of antibiotic ointment at hand to do on-the-spot treatment of summer injuries.
INSECT BITES AND SPLINTERS
Keep a pair of tweezers in your first-aid kit to remove insect stingers or splinters that can occur on playgrounds or in other play areas. A quick wipe of antiseptic will help to prevent infection and keep your group in active play.
Carry along plenty of water in a cooler when you go to the beach or parks during the summer months. It's a good idea to keep an extra thermos for carrying cold water in case bottles become damaged. Know the signs of dehydration, which include thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, dizziness, dry skin, lack of tears, low urine output or dark-colored urine.
Heatstroke can occur from prolonged exposure to the sun's heat, and it can be a serious, life-threatening condition. If someone in your group exhibits the following symptoms, get them into the shade immediately and call for medical help: high body temperature, headache, confusion, altered mental state, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, lack of sweating and fainting.
Food poisoning is a common problem in hot weather, when food is carried away from home for picnics, barbecues and other events. Even when packed in a cooler, these foods may reach temperatures that foster the growth of bacteria. If someone in your group experiences sudden vomiting, with or without diarrhea, ensure that they get professional medical treatment and remove all food so that no one else consumes it.
CARRY A CELL PHONE BATTERY OR CHARGER
Your smartphone can be a lifeline when unexpected medical emergencies arise. Keep an extra battery on hand or have a car charger with you to ensure that you can reach help when needed. Your phone can call for an ambulance, direct you to the nearest hospital or help you find your way in unfamiliar areas.
LEARN CPR/DEFIBRILLATOR USE
Knowing CPR can help you to save someone's life, either at home or when you travel to the beach or other areas during the summer months. This technique is easy to learn and can make the difference between life and death for anyone who experiences a sudden heart or breathing problem. Portable defibrillators are available in many restaurants and recreation areas to help start the hearts of people who have suffered from a heart attack. Your local fire department or community organizations may provide classes in both CPR and defibrillator use.
Your readiness for emergencies can help to prevent serious injuries or illness and keep your summertime safe, happy and memorable. If a sickness or accident occurs, Urgent Clinics Medical Care is here to help you get back to enjoying the summer fun. Our clinics are open from 8 am to 9 pm and are conveniently located in Champions Forest, The Woodlands and 3 locations in League City: Creekside, Marina Bay and Tuscan Lakes. Our Pearland Clinic is open 8 am to midnight. We offer friendly, experienced and licensed medical professionals ready to help you and your family feel better quickly.