Health Watch - Starting Summer: Sun Protection

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The Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer season – a time for being outdoors, cooking out, swimming and otherwise enjoying the warm weather. This week on Health Watch, we’ll offer some tips for enjoying this season. If your holiday weekend plans include swimming at the lake or a pool party, be sure to have a safety plan.

Dr. Steven Kernie, a pediatric critical care physician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says many children drown at parties where a lot of adults are around, but everyone assumes someone else is watching the kids in the water. As a result, no one is actually paying attention. There should be a designated adult watching water activities. This adult should not be swimming, drinking alcohol, eating or talking and should have a charged cell phone handy in case of emergency.


May 2010

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