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How to keep your kids out of the ER this summer

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Make sure safety is part of kids’ summer fun. “With kids spending more time outdoors, there is more opportunity for everything from broken bones, sprains, strains and lacerations, to tick bites and heat stroke,” said Dr. James Dwyer, director of emergency medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. “Accidents will happen, but there are many steps parents can take to help prevent injuries without spoiling the fun,” he added in a hospital news release. Children should always wear shoes. “When kids shed their shoes, they are at risk for splinters and cuts from broken glass as well as tick bites,” Dwyer said, adding that foot cuts are among the most common summer injuries his hospital treats.”(more)

Kids’ sun safety means ‘slip, slap, slop’

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Children spend a lot of time outside in the summer, so parents need to stay on top of their sun protection, a skin cancer expert advises. Much of a person’s risk for melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—comes from their sun exposure as a child. “Healthy sun-protection habits come in three forms—sometimes referred to as slip, slap, slop,” said Dr. Vernon Sondak. He is head of the skin cancer department at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.”(more)

Sun Safety and Education Needed In Schools

The Huffington Post – Kate Solomon

” Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for people in their 20s, and the damage, which is entirely preventable, typically occurs during childhood…So how do we protect our children? We need to bring sun protection into the spotlight, both at home and at school. Let’s get our teachers, camp counselors and caregivers involved in this mission. Everyday is a day to wear sunscreen. “(more)