By Barbara Radin Fox, LISW-CP for The Island Connection
Summer is a wonderful time for family vacations on our sea islands. There are so many healthy and fun activities for children including swimming, biking, dolphin cruises, etc.
Any parent or grandparent knows that vacationing with kids can require a good bit of logistics and planning to keep things going smoothly. So, keep your kids and grandchildren healthy on the islands this summer by having on hand items such as sunscreen, bug spray, bottles of water and a first aid kit that includes a hot pack and vinegar.
There are no lifeguards at some pools and beaches on the islands, so you will need to keep your eyes on young children always. Everyone needs to be careful of too much sun exposure, even with sunscreen and mindful of drinking enough water throughout the day to prevent hyperthermia (elevated body temperature) and dehydration.
Swimming in the ocean is fun, but there are risks. If you or your child is stung by a jellyfish, the best treatment is to rinse the area that was stung with vinegar or Sting No More, remove any remaining pieces of the stinger with tweezers and apply a hot pack for 20-45 minutes or soak the affected area in hot water. (Go to Seealternatives. com for more information.)
If you are speared by a sting ray, immediately soak the affected area in very hot water and it is recommended that medical help is then needed for a possible x-ray to make sure the barb is out, and for a possible antibiotic that is sometimes given for an extended amount of time.
If your child gets a tick bite, the best thing to do is to remove the tick with tweezers.
Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a sick child. Some local resources include:
SEE Alternatives Pediatrics operated by Marsha Cayton, RN, MSN, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, who offers house calls. Call 843.619.3574.
Roper St. Francis Physicians Partners Primary Care office in Freshfield Village offers Express Care walk in appointments. Call 843.727.DOCS.
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The Seabrook Island Healthcare Professionals Group welcomes any active or retired health professional living on Seabrook Island. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at the Lake House in the Osprey 2 room from 7-8 p.m.