Health Minute: Summer Health Tips
It is the time of year to get outside and enjoy the nice, warm summer weather, but you need to be careful when it comes to hydration and protection especially in kids. Dr. Renata Mazzei, a primary care physician with Ellis Primary Care, shares simple tips every parent should know.
Dr. Mazzei says, "I would tell a parent to hydrate their children and the best way to do that is with water. Children have a higher surface area than adults so they need a multitude of breaks between play."
Dr. Mazzei also recommends that for hydration drink water. It is better for you than sports drinks.
"If they are playing longer than 16 minutes, that is a good time to give a sports drink, but your first and foremost fluid should be water," says Dr. Mazzei."I would tell parents during the summer months to first protect [their kids] against the sun by using sunscreen with the highest SPF factor to protect them against UVA UVB rays," says Dr. Mazzei. The higher the SPF the longer the amount of time until a child will get a burn."