Stinging insects are back and we do have them on our playground – If you or your child are stung, remove the stinger as soon as possible with a scraping motion. Wash with soap and water and apply a cold compress. If trouble breathing, severe swelling or fainting occurs, call 911 or an emergency number right away.
Ticks are already a problem in our area – Tick remover tools like Ticked Off™ are preferable, but tweezers or fingers can be used for removal. Grasp as close to the head as possible and pull the tick away from where it is attached. Call the PCP for symptoms of a rash or fever. Be sure to check for ticks after being outside.
Limit outdoor exposure when the pollen or mold counts are high if your child have sensitivities. You can check daily pollen counts on the local weather channels or at www.oklahomaallergy.com.
Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac contain oil causing an allergic skin reaction that looks like swollen itchy red bumps and blisters appearing wherever the oil has touched the skin. Check the areas around your home and teach your kids to recognize and avoid it.
The weather is getting warmer and it is a great time to get outside and be active! Remember when riding bikes, scooters, etc. to always wear your helmet to prevent head injuries. Knee pads and elbow pads are a great idea too!
Swimming pools will be opening soon! This is another great way to get outside and get some Vitamin D. Always remember water safety rules and don't forget your sunscreen!