School’s (Almost) Out!

How to Wind Down the School Year Safely

We’re coming to the last month of school, and once we get through these make-up snow days, summer will have officially begun! This means a lot of activities are on the horizon; biking, paddling, hiking, you name it. We’ve put together some helpful tips to get you through the seasonal change, and to make sure you get the most out of your summer without the hassle of injury.

The kids are chomping at the bit to get out of the classroom and into the fresh air. Here at Family Choice Urgent Care, the most common injuries we see with children in elementary and middle school look like this:

  • Cuts/scrapes
  • Crashes on bikes/scooters/skateboards
  • Dog bites
  • Bee stings

The preventative measures that parents can take to keep kids safe are simple. If your kids are trying out their bikes and boards, make sure they’re wearing protective gear like helmets or elbow pads. They should also be aware of the rules of the road, and when it’s unsafe for them to be on it. As far as dog bites go, the best thing to teach your kids is that not all dogs are as friendly as the one you may have in your own home.

It’s summertime, so for Central Oregon, that means cool mornings, warm afternoons, and then back to cool evenings. Make sure to remind your kids about wearing sunblock when they plan on being outdoors for most of their day. Layers of clothing are perfect for adjusting to the changing weather outside, so you can easily shed or re-apply depending on your body warmth.

To stay on top of all of this, it’s important to keep in touch with your kids about where they’ll be, what they’re doing, and any potential dangers that could occur. Never a bad idea to send your kids out with some Band-aids, sunblock, and a sense of caution. For all health problems you may encounter in the months to come, let Family Choice Urgent Care help you resolve them.