Doctor warns parents about hidden summer dangers

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – Children will soon be out of school for the summer. For most kids, there is nothing better than summer break. They like to play outside in the warm, sunny weather. Dr. Randal Medzoyan, a pediatrician with Good Samaritan Health System, said dangers lurk behind many popular activities.

One place that can be dangerous is the pool. Aside from drowning, Medzoyan said another potential hazard is swimmer’s ear. To reduce the risk, Medzoyan suggests limiting underwater swimming and using over-the-counter ear drops.

All that splashing around can wash away sunscreen. Medzoyan said you should re-apply it to your kids often and use the highest SPF you can. Additionally, Medzoyan recommends that you limit your child’s fun in the sun.

It is not just sunburn that stings, so do bees. Medzoyan said bee allergies can develop any time. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, coughing, wheezing, and tingling in the throat. Get your child to the hospital right away if they experience any of those symptoms.

Ticks are another danger. Medzoyan said you should check your child for ticks any time they are in high grass and wooded areas.

Medzoyan said his intent is not to scare parents, it is to raise awareness.

“Generally speaking, I want the kids to have fun. They need to go out there and enjoy their childhood, but supervision is the key,” Medzoyan said. “A responsible adult or parent needs to always be in charge and make sure that proper precautions are being taken, not rely on the children themselves to know what’s safe.”

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