Summer is indeed a perfect time to have fun under the sun, but swimming activities and other vacation itineraries may also bring a range of health risks that can affect both the young and old. Know the common hazards you need to be watchful for this season and the tricks to prevent them through these pointers:
Why Summer? Because of the increased heat during this season, our bodies tend to feel thirstier, especially if we do outdoor activities like playing sports, swimming in the beach, or even walking under the harsh afternoon heat. Extreme thirst can then easily lead to dehydration, which only worsens when we sweat a lot, urinate often, and release more fluids than what we take in.
Solution: Drink water, lots of it. Aim to have at least 8 glasses or 2 liters of water everyday, but since it’s summer, no amount of fluid intake will be too much. It would even be great if you can bring a bottle of water wherever you go so you can easily quench your thirst whenever you feel like doing so.
Why Summer? Obviously, we tend to swim a lot when it’s summer. This season means vacation for most Cebuanos, making it a perfect opportunity to go to the beach, wear our bikinis or swimming trunks, and have fun in the sea or the pool for hours in the broad daylight. Of course, it’s perfectly fine to spend time under the summer heat, but we have to do the necessary precautionary measures to prevent stinging sunburn or worse, life-threatening skin cancer.
Solution: Avoid too much sun exposure between 10AM to 2PM when the heat is in its harshest state. However, if you can’t help but be outdoors in between these times or any time during the day, please don’t forget to apply the right amount of sunblock lotion especially before going for a swim. Use a sunscreen with a high SPF number to get maximum sunburn protection. Then, remember to re-apply as often as you can so you can always be sun-safe even when swimming or exposing yourself to the heat most hours of the day. Also, make it a habit to wear sunglasses and hats that may help keep you cool during daylight and give you shade from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Why Summer? Since it’s hotter in summer, our body temperature rises fast, like having a fever. Continual abnormal body temperature increase may lead to heat stroke, which can cause short and rapid breathing and a fast pulse.
Solution: Just like the first 2 conditions, you should see to it that you drink enough amount of water everyday as well as apply the right sunscreen or wear some protective gear. Aside from these precautionary measures, never forget to wear comfortable, sun-friendly clothing such as loose shorts and sleeveless tops or t-shirts that are made from cotton or polypropylene.
Why Summer? “Bungang-araw” in Tagalog and “bungang-singot” in Cebuano, this summer condition can be really common among the little ones who love playing outdoors during vacation. It’s an irritating skin rash that is brought about by warm, humid weather.
Solution: Applying cold compress can be a great primary remedy for prickly heat. You may also make use of some medicated powders; however, it is still best to get professional advice from a dermatologist first before doing so.
Why Summer? As we spend more time on the beach, our risks for drowning and other swimming-related hazards increase. This is why parents have to be extra diligent in looking after their kids every time the family is enjoying a day out at the beach or pool.
Solution: NEVER ever leave kids unattended in the pool or anywhere near a body of water. It also pays to know the depth of the pool you choose to spend summer time in so you have an idea if it is indeed the right swimming venue for your little ones. You should also read all the safety tips provided in the swimming or boating/kayaking facility you are in as well as wear the necessary life jackets or vests. Apart from these solutions, consider taking time teaching your kid about basic swimming techniques or talking to him about possible swimming risks just so he can also take responsibility while enjoying the waters during summer.
May these pointers give you a safer, healthier, and more fun summer!