With summer just around the corner, families will be spending more time outdoors which means a few more bumps, scrapes and bruises when it comes to our kids. Pediatrician Dr. Christine Wood, spokesperson fro USANA Health Sciences has a few tricks up her sleeve, that we think are great and will prepare parents for summertime’s little accidents.
Summer Survival Guide
1. Every medicine cabinet usually has a box of band aids but butterfly band aids are the most useful to keep around. They’re helpful for minor cuts that need to come together, and waterproof, making these bad boys essential.
2. Since this is the time of year for lots of scrapes – Mederma for Kids is a must-add to your kit because this
product does truly help in minimizing the appearance of scars.
3. Brace yourself for bug bites. For those stings and bites that are so common in the summer, parents can use an itch-stopping topical gel like the Children’s Benadryl Anti-Itch Gel. Speaking of Benadryl, if your child is having an allergic reaction to a bee sting, you can give your child one or look for a product with diphenhydramine.
4. Since Dramamine comes with drowsiness, if your kids experience that dreaded motion sickness on family road trips, here’s a suggestion – Sea-Bands. They work as acupuncture bands on the wrist and actually do minimize motion sickness.
5. For children who are experiencing vomiting and diarrhea, consider a probiotic. Just throw it into a dish the kids are eating and it should soothe indigestion symptoms.
6. Your kid comes down with a summer cold? NoseFrida or “snotsucker” will do the job! The nasal aspirator works great for clearing children’s stuffed noses – which is a huge relief for kids and moms.
Christine Wood, M.D., FAAP USANA Health Sciences Spokesperson
Christine Wood is a practicing pediatrician, an expert in nutritional medicine for children and the author of How to get Kids to Eat Great & Love it.