summer
23 June

Summer Safety Tips to Beat the Texas Heat

Category: Adult Primary Care, Pediatrics

By: Brianna DAlessio South, Marketing Specialist

Summer is in full swing and it’s important to remember how sensitive we are to sunlight and extreme heat.  Practice the below recommendations to ensure you are protecting yourself appropriately.

Make sure to wear sunscreen every day, no matter how long you plan to be outside.  Even just a walk to your car can allow sun rays to penetrate your skin.  Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for all skin types, and to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect against UVB and UVA radiation. If you are fair skinned, opt for an SPF of 30 or higher.

The CDC warns that during midday (10am-4pm) UVB rays are their most dangerous levels, if outside please seek shade or cover with loose fit, light color clothing to protect any exposed skin.

Heat stoke is a common result of over exerting oneself and not giving your body enough fluids during the summer.  While we typically cool ourselves from internal heat by sweating, during extreme heat and high humidity, our internal cooling system cannot keep up and this can become a life threatening situation.  In order to stay ahead of overheating, drink lots of fluids (especially if you are outdoors for most of the day) and sports drinks that provide electrolytes to refuel.  Be sure to avoid anything caffeinated, soda or alcohol—these will cause dehydration.  If possible, undertake strenuous activities such as working out during cooler parts of the day.

Pool days are the best days for both kids and parents while school is out, but making sure your child is educated on swimming safety is a necessity.  Whether your child has mastered swim lessons or is brand new to the water, always keep an eye on them or ensure a lifeguard is present at any public pool.  Never leave your child alone in an unsupervised location and recommend they have a friend or two with them.  If using a public pool, make sure everyone washes their hands when using a public bathroom—germs can easily transfer from one environment back to the pool.

Check out this stunning video that shows the effectiveness of sunscreen: