Stories about: summer

Swings and swimming: Guide to summer fun

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It’s officially summer, and many children and teens have traded in their school notebooks, tablets and uniforms for sidewalk chalk, tennis rackets and bathing suits. They also have more time for exploring new activities and experiences!

This year, the Center on Media and Child Health hopes to help you make the most out of your family’s summer by offering a free Summer F.U.N. Guide, providing you with fun, exciting and healthy media and non-media activity ideas for the children and teens in your life.

The guide contains helpful tips to keep in mind when planning activities as well as specific outing suggestions based on the child’s developmental stage.

We hope you find the guide helpful and easy to use, whether on your computer, on a mobile device or printed out and pinned to a family bulletin board. Whatever your method, don’t forget the sunscreen, and enjoy your media and your summer!

Download the CMCH Summer F.U.N. Guide.

 

 

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Keep kids safe in extreme heat

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Temperatures are set to skyrocket all across the East Coast for the next few days. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your family stay safe in the summer’s first heat wave. For more summer safety tips, download Boston Children’s Hospital’s summer safety brochure.

If your children are playing outdoors, make sure they take water breaks, even if they’re not thirsty. If a child complains about any of the following he could be overheated or at risk for heat illness:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps

If your child has of any of these symptoms, have him lie down in a cool, shaded area with his feet slightly raised, with drinking water and a cool cloth on hand.

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Lyme disease: What parents should know

family bikingAlong with longer, sun-filled days, the arrival of summer ushers in some seasonal hazards for kids, like tick bites. Although most tick bites don’t cause serious illness, those from the blacklegged tick (often called the deer tick) can, in some cases, cause Lyme disease. Particularly when detected early, Lyme disease is usually successfully treated with antibiotics. Follow these tips from Children’s Hospital Boston’s infectious disease expert Catherine Lachenauer, MD, to minimize your child’s risk of Lyme disease.

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