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  Velocity Care   April 27, 2017   Outdoors 0 Comments

4 dangers lurking in your backyard

Velocity Care shares what to look out for when you spend time outside

The outdoors can be fun for your child, but be aware of dangers out there.With warmer weather approaching, outside activities become more frequent. While it might be a perfect day to have fun in the sun, it’s important to keep in mind the potential dangers that can affect your family’s health in your own backyard.

Here are four things to be mindful of when you or your children spend time outdoors.

  1. Pools.

If you have a pool in your backyard, it’s possible your child may fall in and drown. One way to prevent children from falling in is to screen your pool with safety nets or fences when it’s not in use. Teach your children that if they drop something into the pool, they should come find you to retrieve it.

  1. Bees.

Bee allergies are common and usually, you don’t realize you’re allergic until after you’re stung. For serious allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis, a fast-acting injection of a hormone called epinephrine (aka adrenaline) works quickly to reduce the severity of the reaction. People who are at risk for anaphylaxis should wear a special bracelet alerting others of their condition and carry a dose of epinephrine with them wherever they go.

  1. Poison ivy.

Poison ivy is usually a vine, but can sometimes also be a shrub. You typically find it growing along the ground or climbing up trees, fences, walls or rocks. Teach your children the familiar rhyme, “Leaves of three, let them be!” to help them detect and stay away from poison ivy.

  1. Sun.

Protect your family’s skin by applying sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 when you’re outside, whether you’re gardening, spending time by the pool or playing. Remember to reapply!

Being mindful of the potential dangers that surround you and your children helps prevent any urgent visits to the doctor.

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Centers in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Shreveport, Natchitoches and Bossier City, Louisiana, are open seven days a week to serve you and your family’s medical needs. If you have an urgent health issue and require immediate medical care, our doctors are on site and ready to assist you.

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This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.  If reading after hours, one option for treatment is to seek an urgent care or  walk-in clinic for medical advice. 

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