Summer Safety

 
child on the beach wearing a swimsuit and hat
 

FUN IN THE SUN

Babies < 6 months

  • Prevent burns by avoiding direct sun exposure

  • Dress in lightweight long clothing and hats

  • Use sunblock with SPF >15 to protect sun exposed areas. Use sunblock on small, sun exposed areas only.

All children

  • Limit direct sun exposure between 10am-4pm

  • Apply sunscreen every 2 hours, sooner if child plays in water

  • Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses

 
kids looking at backyard garden
 

BUG SAFETY

  • Avoid scented soaps and lotions

  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate (standing water, trashcans, blooming gardens)

  • Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks (especially at night) and avoid bright or floral clothes

  • Children >2 months should use 10-30% DEET containing bug spray.

  • Avoid bug spray/sunscreen combos because sunscreen should be re-applied every 2 hours but bug spray should not

 
happy little girl in car
 

HEAT STRESS

  • Never, ever leave children in the car. Leave your bag, phone or shoes in the back seat to remind you to check in the back seat before you leave your car

  • Lock your car doors when parked so children cannot get in without supervision

  • Older children should hydrate with water or sports drinks every 20 minutes when active in the heat

 
boys playing on toys at the playground
 

PLAYGROUND SAFETY

  • Make sure slides are cool to prevent your child’s legs from getting burned

  • Always wear shoes on the playground

  • Trampoline play should be adult supervised

  • 75% of trampoline injuries occur when more than 1 child is jumping at a time

  • Trampoline netting does not prevent many trampoline associated injuries and provides a false sense of security

 
Happy girl hanging on a pool noodle smiling
 

WATER SAFETY

Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for kids aged 1-4. Rates of drowning peak in toddler and adolescent years. 

SUPERVISION

  • Kids should always ask permission before getting in the water.

  • Avoid drowning by always having an adult closely supervising. An adult should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”

  • Designate a “water watcher” when you are in or around the water. Drowning can be quick and quiet, so the water watcher should avoid all other distractions such as cell phones, drinking, or reading.

  • Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need a buddy!

GENERAL SAFETY

  • Learn CPR. Health departments and community centers often provide free classes

  • Inflatable swimming aids like “floaties” are not a substitute for approved life vests or puddle jumpers and give a false sense of security

  • Swimming lessons are great, but should never be seen as “drown proofing” at any age

POOL SAFETY

  • Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.

  • Other methods may help lower drowning risk: hard pool covers, pool alarms, door alarms

  • Avoid rafts, noodles, kickboards and loungers. These give a false sense of security.

  • Avoid entrapment: Suction from pool drains can trap a swimmer underwater. Do not use a pool if there are broken or missing drain covers.

  • Children may fall into the large inflatable above-ground pools if they lean against the soft side. These pools should be surrounded by a fence.

  • If a child is missing, look for them in the pool first

BOATING SAFETY

  • Appropriately sized lifejackets should be worn at all times on or around a boat or dock. Adults should wear them, too, for their protection and to set a good example.

  • Make sure your teen knows about the risks of drinking alcohol when swimming or operating a boat/wave runner

Be sure to read the Guidelines on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Sleep for Children Under 5 Years of Age:

Medial Grade Ear Piercing

 
little girl getting her ears pierced by medical professionals
 

Just Kids Pediatrics offers medial grade ear piercing services! Our physicians and nurses researched the best available medical grade ear piercing products and decided on Blomdahl Medical. The Blomdahl System is only available through medical professionals. Just Kids Pediatrics and Blomdahl considers ear piercing to be a medical procedure. With that in mind, the Blomdahl Medical Ear Piercing System has been designed from a medical standpoint, using modern technology and medical grade, safe materials.

Using the Blomdahl medical ear piercing system, we provide your child with a safer and more sanitary alternative to the mall or jewelry store. Blomdahl is a sterile system where a disposable cartridge is replaced with every piercing and medical-grade plastic or titanium piercing studs are used to reduce the chance of allergic reaction. 

The ear piercing services are not covered by insurance and costs a one time charge of $90.00. This includes a set of 2 sterile earrings with back, topical anesthetic, the piercing procedure performed by a member of our trained nursing staff, aftercare instructions, and a piercing aftercare kit. These services are available to anyone under the age of 19 years old and by appointment only. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact our office at 405-757-7818. You may also visit www.blomdahlusa.com for more information about the Blomdahl medial ear piercing product. 

Boost Your Child’s Immune System

In some of our previous blogs, we discussed some ways to help keep your child healthy this winter. Read What To Know For Flu Season, Avoid Getting A Cold, and Three Illnesses To Avoid This Winter, to learn some great ways to help your child and yourself avoid getting sick. Another way to avoid getting sick is by helping your child and yourself boost the immune system. If your immune system is stronger and you’re healthier, you and your child will have a harder time getting sick. At Just Kids Pediatric, a pediatric health care facility for children in Oklahoma City, we’re able to give you some useful tips to ensure your child’s health.

Fruits and Vegetables

As a parent, you’ve probably read on and on about the importance of feeding your child fruits and vegetables. We’re going to reiterate that importance because it is vital that you feed your child fruits and vegetables, especially when they are growing. Fruits and vegetables are filled with so many immunity boosting nutrients; when you start your child eating these foods at an early age, they’ll be able to continue having a great immune system for the remainder of their life.

Sleeping

Sleeping well throughout life is imperative. When you sleep the required hours, your brain will be more functional, your immune system will boost, and you’ll be able to go about your day-to-day activities without feeling exhausted. When your child is growing, they should continue to have many hours of sleep to ensure they are as high functioning as possible. To give you a good idea of what your child should be sleeping: a baby needs 18 hours of crib time, a toddler at least 12 hours, and a preschooler 10 hours. As your child grows he or she should have at least eight hours of sleep a night.

Exercise

When you incorporate exercise into your family when your child is small, they’re able to go through life exercising everyday. Exercise as a family by playing sports, bike riding, or going for weekly hikes. Not only will you participate in family bonding time, but your child will carry on the importance of exercising throughout his or her life and maintain a healthy immune system.
If you’re in need of a pediatric urgent care center, come visit us.

Three Illnesses To Avoid This Winter

Watching your child battle an illness is every parent’s nightmare. No matter if your child is older or an infant, it can be very hard to see your child struggling with a cold, the flu, or chickenpox. Due to the winter season coming soon, at Just Kids Pediatric, a health care facility located in Oklahoma City, it’s very important to maintain your child’s health, especially as the weather becomes colder. Read about three common diseases that begin to pop up more and more this time of year and are very easily passed from child to child. Avoid watching your child battle an illness by becoming aware of these illnesses beforehand.

Flu

As we discussed in, What To Know For Flu Season, another blog post about what you should know about the flu season, we touched upon symptoms and other topics you should be aware of. There are types of flu that your child could very easily contract this winter. The first is the flu and is easily spread from person to person via coughs, sneezes, and even talking to one another. The flu is usually a pretty big epidemic during the cold weather. In addition, the stomach flu is just as bad and affects as many people. The stomach flu is very contagious and is easily spread from person to person. The stomach flu incidence is highest in the winter.

Ear Infections

Ear infections, especially in babies, can be painful. Due to climate change and colder weather, the threat of ear infections is very real. Most parents take their children to the doctor because of ear infections because of the pain and sometimes nausea that children can experience.

Common Cold

The common cold is something that occurs all year round, but as the weather becomes colder it is much easier to contract the common cold. Everyone contracts the common cold at one time or another, but depending on how healthy you are, you can be sick for weeks or only a few days. The common cold will affect the respiratory system and create discomfort for a few days. Unfortunately, there is no cure, yet, but by eating healthy and drinking warm beverages, the common cold can disappear faster.

Learn more about Just Kids Pediatric, a health care facility for children, by contacting us today for everyday needs or pediatric urgent care.

Avoid Getting A Cold

School just started, and that means that your child will be bringing home more than just homework. It’s a known fact that kids share germs, especially at school. This doesn’t change throughout life. If someone in the office is sick, it probably means everyone will have it at some point or another. It’s the price we pay for being in small quarters with other people. While it may be a good thing to strengthen our immune systems, it’s a pain to be sick. Just Kids Pediatrics is a children’s pediatric health care facility and urgent care located in Oklahoma City, and we want to share with you some helpful tips to ward off a cold before it takes over your life.

Act Fast

Colds can wipe you out, and they overcome you very quickly, much too quickly. You are able to notice when you are getting sick, so instead of ignoring it, address it head on. There are a few ways to ward off a cold before it overcomes you. If you don’t take vitamins, then purchase a few as you feel your body begin to turn on you. There are many over-the-counter medicines that will give you these vitamins, or you can take the vitamin in its pure form. Ask your doctor about what vitamins are best for children.

Fluids

Drink lots and lots of fluids when you feel a cold coming on. Drink fluids like tea, water, and orange juice. Water is the most important fluid to drink because it’s healthy and allows your body to stay hydrated. Orange juice will provide you with extra vitamins, and tea with honey is able to sooth a sore throat or calm a cough that just won’t go away. If you have a child who is very young, however, do not give him or her honey as it may make them very sick.

Relax

When you begin feeling that cold come on, take some time to yourself. Instead of staying in the office and working overtime or taking that Crossfit class, relax. Cut down on the stress in your life, as difficult as that might be, and take a nap, listen to music, meditate, practice some light exercise, or watch a movie.

If your child is exhibiting cold symptoms or you need to make an appointment, contact us to schedule. We also offer pediatric urgent care.

What To Know For Flu Season

As the weather begins to shift, so do your chances of getting sick. If you are in tune with your body or at least your child’s behavior, you can tell when you and they are getting sick. Since school just started, your child is probably picking up all sorts of things from other kids. Sickness in kids is just a part of life, but you can at least know some helpful knowledge about flu season and what to expect. At Just Kids Pediatrics, located in Oklahoma City, we want to share with you some things you should know about your children receiving flu shots and vaccines.

Flu Season

A Flu Shot For Your Children

Some people believe that you can get the flu from a flu shot, but that is not the case. When your child gets an injectable flu vaccine, it is an inactive strain of the flu virus, so your child doesn’t automatically become sick. The reason the flu vaccine is so helpful is because it begins to teach the immune system and help reduce your chances of getting the flu. When your child gets a flu shot, they are learning how to fight off this strain on the flu. Now that you know this, consider having your child get a flu shot to ward off the flu this season. In schools, kids usually have a higher chance of getting the flu, so take precautions and have your child get a flu shot to avoid runny noses, throwing up, and cold sweats.

Flu Symptoms To Look Out For

The flu symptoms to look for in kids are different than the ones in adults. When a child gets the flu, it is very different than when an adult gets the flu. Some of the symptoms to look out for in your child are:

  • High fever

  • Chills and shakes

  • Dry coughing

  • Sore throat

  • Vomiting

  • Stomach pains

  • Exhaustion

  • Headache

  • Body ache

If your child is experiencing any of these flu symptoms, then make an appointment with us as soon as possible.