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What to watch out for with kids in summer

Summer has officially just started!

To celebrate that, our blog brings tips by Dr. Lucia Diehl, Pediatrician, talking about how we can care for children in summertime.

Summer, along with school break, are the perfect combination for family trips.

Dr. Diehl says she guides her patients to plan their trips in advance, avoiding choosing places with very high or very low temperatures.

Another tip for traveling with children is to prefer short journeys. Traveling long hours is much more tiring for kids than it is to us adults. And don't forget to take breaks every 2-3 hours to stretch your legs, get hydrated and go to the bathroom.

The family has to pay close attention to the places chosen for meals, taking in consideration the places’ care for hygiene. One tip is to search the internet for recommendations of places to go before leaving on a trip. Avoid raw or undercooked food, or food sold by the beach or streets due to the risk of contamination.

Always use mineral or boiled water for drinking, washing fruits and making drinks.

Offer light food for children, and always have water available. It's important to stick to the children's eating routine even on vacation. Take chopped fruits in a thermos bag. The fruits hydrate children and make them full.

And don't forget the sunscreen, which is so important at this time of the year, as well as insect repellent.

When going to the beach, choose to put on t-shirts, shorts and swimsuits with UV filter on the children and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.


Source: Dra Lucia Diehl – Pediatrician – via

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