Spring Health Tips for Parents


Spring will be arriving soon; you will be spending more time outdoors with your children. It's a great time of year to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air and outdoor playtime, but it's also important to keep spring safety topics in mind so your family is protected. 

One of the most common spring health issues is allergies. Children can have allergies just as severely as an adult and can develop them at any time. Up to 40 percent of children in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies, according to Parents.com. 

Look out for common symptoms, which include repetitive sneezing, heavy breathing, runny nose, and itchy eyes, ears and throat. Fever is not associated with allergies, so if your child is running a high temperature, she is likely sick versus experiencing a seasonal allergy. 

Insect Bites 
People aren't the only ones who love the outdoors when the weather warms; insects flourish as a natural part of the ecosystem. Unfortunately some insects can bite and sting, causing spring safety problems for children. 

Bites that parents should be more concerned about include spider bites, tick bites and bee stings. If an insect of concern stings your child, keep a close eye on his health. If he experiences difficulty breathing, swelling, faintness or vomiting, get medical help right away. 

Sun Safety
The warm sun can feel wonderful after being cooped up during cooler months. But if your kids don't take the proper precautions, they may get a nasty burn that could put them at risk for skin cancer. 

Some basic safety tips to follow include always making your kids wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and reapply at least every 2 hours. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on ears, hands, feet, shoulders and behind the neck. Cover up with hats and light shirts to provide a barrier between the sun and their skin, especially during peak sun times.