LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In this week's THV Healthy Child report, Dr. Bryan Burke with Arkansas Children's Hospital tells parents how to treat minor injuries their kids might experience this summer.
CUTS, SCRAPES AND BURNS
Dr. Bryan Burke with Arkansas Children's Hospital says "Kids get cut, scraped, burned everything in the world happens to a child's skin during the summer and all you need is water. No medical soap, no particular type of water, keep the wound clean and that will cure 99-percent of them."
"Bee, wasp and yellow jacket stings can be painful." Says Dr. Burke. "The best thing you can do for the pain is to give them something over the counter like acetaminophen, ibuprofen. And put a little cool compress on it and as the pain goes away and it starts to itch you can put a little topical steroid cream on it, anything that you might get over the counter."
More time outdoors means sunburns and Dr. Burke says the best thing for sunburns is avoidance. "If you do go out in the sun use the strongest sun block that you can find. The best sun block is a covering, so if you have a hat or you wear a shirt, that's better than any cream, you can rub on your skin. If you do get sunburned, again the topical over the counter steroid creams can provide you some relief."
But Dr. Burke says the most important safety tip for the summer is the prevention of drowning. "And it's so hard to talk about drowning because water is fun, you're out of school. You're celebrating the fourth of July with backyard BBQ's and cook outs; you're at the beach and who wants to think about drowning? If you are a parent and you have a child that's at a swimming pool do not bring a book; do not bring knitting or crosswords. Your job is to keep your eye on your child every moment your child is in or even near the pool."
Those are just a few seasonal tips from Dr. Bryan Burke with Arkansas Children's Hospital, for helping get through the summer. Remember, you can limit the time your child's out of commission by keeping a close watch on their activities and reminding them of basic rules of safety.