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Summer Safety Tips You Need to Know

Summer Safety Tips You Need to Know
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By    |   Friday, 14 June 2019 10:35 AM

Recently a three-month-old Kansas City child died in a hot car where she was left alone for hours. This tragedy highlights one of the deadly summer safety hazards we need to be aware of.  She was the eleventh child who perished in a hot car this year, according to KidsandCars.org, a nonprofit safety organization, following a record 52 deaths last year.

Experts at KidsandCars.org say that the temperature in cars can reach as high as 130 degrees and death from heatstroke can occur at 107 degrees. Children are especially vulnerable because they have a hard time getting out of cars on their own and their respiratory and circulatory systems cannot handle the heat as well as adults. The experts remind everyone to always check the back seat of your vehicle whenever you park.

While other summer hazards may not be as deadly, it is the season when folks are outdoors and accidents peak. According to the Physician’s Money Digest, emergency visits increase 15 percent to 27 percent from the first signs of longer days until school is back in session.

Nearly 213,000 people are treated each year in emergency departments for outdoor recreational related activities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bruce Wylde, author of “Power Plants: Simple Home Remedies You Can Grow,” tells Newsmax that now is a good time to revamp your medicine chest to keep up-to-date with the remedies you need to have on hand to deal with the scrapes, bites and bruises that accompany summertime fun.

“It’s important to have remedies handy, exactly where you need them, to help relieve minor accidents and illnesses,” he says.

  • Your medicine chest. Stock up on emergency items, bandages, hydrogen peroxide and other first aid items. Store all medications in a cool, dry place away from heat and humidity. “Many medications degrade when exposed to humidity and warmer temperatures,” he says. Check expiration dates and secure all medications out of reach of small children.
  • For bruises and sprains. “Arnica, available in tablets or gel, is a homeopathic remedy that can be used for treating minor bruises and muscle sprains,” says Wylde, a regular guest health expert and medical advisor on “The Doctor Oz” show. “It can reduce pain and swelling and speed healing.” Also keep a flexible cold pack handy to manage pain and swelling for sprains and strains. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help treat aches and pains.
  • Bug bites. “Hydrocortisone creams help with the itching, swelling and redness,” says Wylde. “But surprisingly they can cause skin to itch, burn, dry out and change color. A natural alternative treatment is an ointment that contains tea tree oil.” Tea tree oil is antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral. It helps take the sting out of big bites and it’s good for minor cuts and irritations.
  • Skin rashes and eczema. Rashes may occur more in the summer because of the excess heat, sweating, insects and exposure to sunlight. Often, skin contact with an offending plant can cause an outbreak. “Oatmeal baths can help relieve dry, itchy skin,” says Wylde. “Add two cups of ground colloidal oatmeal — not breakfast oatmeal — to a tub of warm water. Hot water can further irritate the skin. Then apply a moisturizer with soothing and hydrating ingredients such as vitamin E, aloe and lavender.”

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