Summertime activities and the school break make this time of year an exciting time for many children.
Summertime involves a lot of fun time spent outside. However, summer fun can quickly take a drastic turn when your children catch a common seasonal ailment.
Some illnesses are more likely to develop in the summer, especially viral and bacterial infections.
In this article, we’ll outline some of the most common summertime illnesses in children and how to prevent them.
Let’s get started!
Examples of Summertime Illness in Children
Here are the four most common summertime illnesses in children.
1. Food Poisoning and Stomach Viruses
Food poisoning and Gastroenteritis are common in the summertime due to parties and beach picnics and eating outside, not paying attention to the hygiene standards of the food preparation.
2. Swimming in a Poorly-maintained Pool
Poor maintenance can result in low disinfectant levels that allow the spread of lots of germs. This causes skin and respiratory infections, ear infections, sinusitis, and diarrhea.
3. Viral Cold and Cough
The viruses that cause colds are the most common infectious disease among children. Symptoms are a runny nose and sneezing. Children may also have a sore throat, cough, headache, and mild fever.
4. Sunburns and Heat-related Illnesses
Sunburn is a common injury in the summer, so you should be careful about excessive sun exposure.
Heatstroke is an emergency case, and the affected child must undergo prompt medical intervention, as it can lead to a rapid heartbeat, vomiting, severe headache, confusion and weakness.
Children can become dehydrated due to playing out in the sun and sweating. Signs of heat exhaustion include:
- Muscle cramps.
If your child is an athlete, you should be careful, especially during longer practices and outdoor camps during peak sun hours.
How to Prevent Common Summertime Illnesses?
While no one wants to be sick during the summer, there are easy steps to take to reduce the chances of your child getting sick or hurt.
- Teach your children the benefits of hygiene and how to wash their hands properly.
- Make sure your child bathes daily, and if your child has spent a lot of time outdoors, be sure to shower after returning home.
- Children (and adults) who are not feeling well should avoid parties and play areas.
- Using masks can be beneficial in preventing the spread of many respiratory illnesses, especially in indoor spaces and large gatherings.
- Parents should encourage their children to drink water frequently.
- Use protective clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, and umbrellas to shield you from the sun.
Fortunately, most summertime illnesses are mild and resolve on their own. As long as you follow these preventive measures and keep an eye for any developing symptoms, your children will be safe and sound!