J&D Ultracare is a professional nursing agency providing in-home nursing services to the medically fragile population in Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam County, Westchester, Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange Counties. We are passionate about the health of others, which is why we cover a wide range of topics here on our blog.
Happiness is just as important as one’s health, which is why we wrote a post in the past called ‘Ten Outdoor Activities For Your Kids‘. However, it’s extremely important to make sure that your kids are safe when they are playing outside and that’s exactly what we want to talk about today.
This week’s safety tips come from an article we’ve written on a website called Rockland County NearSay. This is a great resource for us to educate people about in-home nursing and help those that are nurses themselves. You can read all of our NearSay articles, which go over a wide range of topics, by clicking here.
‘4 Spring Safety Tips Every Pediatric Nurse Should Know‘ was written on NearSay for nurses that are supervising their patients, but these tips are applicable to any parent as well. Below are three of our favorite tips from the post:
1. Practice Bike Safety
If your pediatric patient is old enough to ride a bike in the driveway or street, discuss bike safety. Ensure their helmet is properly fitted and that they are wearing other necessary protective gear. Talk with their parents to make sure that an adult is supervising them at all times. If the child has an ongoing health condition, ensure they are well enough to ride a bike at any given time.
2. Watch Out for Poison Ivy
Children love to play in the woods, which puts them at risk for contact with poison ivy. Teach your patients what poison ivy looks like, and tell them to avoid plants with three leaves in general. Have calamine lotion and other ointments on hand in case they do come in contact with the plant. You can also talk to parents about spotting the signs of poison ivy contact, such as redness, itching, blisters, and difficulty breathing.
3. Be Prepared for Bee Allergies
As a pediatric nurse, you likely handle several types of allergies daily. Bee allergies will be of concern during the spring. Be sure that their EpiPen® or other allergy medication is up to date and easily accessible. You should also check that their parents keep an EpiPen with them on the go.
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