- School & Sports Physicals: Schedule your child’s school/annual physical, immunizations, well child exam or WIAA sports physical early to avoid the summer rush. These services and more are available at your local family clinics in Friendship and Westfield.
- Enjoy the Outdoors: Plan low cost family activities such as a nature walk at the park, riding bikes, swimming or playing tag in your yard. Consider participating as a family in the Dairylicious Days Run/Walk on June 13, 2015 in downtown Westfield (call 608-369-0854) and the Annual Memorial Freedom 5K Run/Walk and Firecracker 1 Mile Fun Run on July 5, 2015 at Burt Morris Park in Adams (call 608-339-8331 or visit race registration and information).
- Tick Protection: Use insect repellent according to directions, following precautions for children. Wear a long sleeved shirt, hat and tuck long pants into your socks when in grassy or wooded areas. Walk in the center of wooded trails. Remove leaves, tall grass, brush and woodpiles from your yard. Use barriers to keep out deer. Remove ticks from clothing before going inside. Conduct a full body tick check (especially armpits, scalp and groin) and bathe or shower soon after coming indoors (preferably within two hours). Tumble clothes in the dryer for an hour on high heat to kill remaining ticks.
Attached ticks should be immediately removed with fine-tipped tweezers, grasping the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull upward and out with a firm and steady tension. If tweezers are not available, shield fingers with tissue or rubber gloves. Be careful not to squeeze the tick as it may contain infectious fluids. After removing, thoroughly wash your hands and the bite site. Not all ticks carry disease, but it is best to be cautious. The sooner ticks are removed, the less likely they are to spread disease. Call your doctor if you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick. *Source WI Department of Health Services
- Sun Protection: Wear sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around the eyes and help prevent cataracts later in life. Serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk for skin cancer. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that protects against Ultraviolet A and B rays. Check your sunscreen’s expiration date. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going in the sun for best protection. Reapply if you stay in the sun for more than two hours and after sweating, swimming or strenuous exercise. Wear wide brimmed hats and protective loose fitting clothing. Avoid the sun from 10 am-4 pm when rays are the most intense. Carry water with you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Plant a Garden/Visit Farm Markets: Gardens and farm markets are great ways to teach kids about healthy eating and to get them to try more fruits and vegetables! Stock up on fresh berries (especially blueberries and blackberries) which are loaded with antioxidants and may help prevent some cancers.
- Stay Rested: Try to stick with the same bedtime and wakeup schedule you have during the school year. You will feel more rested and it will be easier on your kids when it’s time to go back to school.
- School Shopping: Backpacks can cause pain if used improperly. When school shopping this summer, select a backpack that is not too heavy or too big for your child. Look for padded wide straps, padded backings, lightweight material and waist belts.
Have a great summer with your family!