Good Day Wisconsin Housecall: summer fun safety

Childhood Summer Safety

GREEN BAY -  A Green Bay pediatrician says the single greatest health threat facing kids this summer is an unintentional injury.  Dr. Gordon Haugan, with Prevea Health, shared some safety tips on Good Day Wisconsin.  He says unintentional injuries include bike accidents, drowning, and burns from fireworks.  Haugan says kids should always be wearing their bike helmets and should always have adult supervision when swimming.

Haugan also talked about how important it is to stay hydrated and to drink plenty of water and stay away from some sports drinks and flavored milks.

When it comes to preventing sunburns, Haugan suggests using sunscreen with an SPF-30. He says sprays are less effective than lotions and you should reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours.
 And when it comes to bug bites, the doctor suggested using a product with 15-25% DEET.

For more summer safety tips, check out this page on the Prevea Health Website.

Dr. Haugan was awarded 2014 Physician Citizen of the Year by the Wisconsin Medical Society.

Haugan is a founder of the Center for Childhood Safety.