Playing It Safe This Summer

In Southern California, it’s hard not to look forward to carefree summer days with friends and family, but are you prepared for some of the unexpected mishaps that can happen? Below are a few safety tips MemorialCare Medical Group wants you to consider!

Avoid sunburn: Use sunscreen with
UVA and UVB protection/SPF of 30+

Note: Stay out of the sun when rays are strongest (10 am to 2 pm)
0-6 months: Keep out of the sun. Do not use sunscreen on infants
under 6 months.

6-12 months: Baby sunscreen is OK.

Swimming pool safety

• Never let children near the pool unsupervised
• Learn CPR
• Keep a phone nearby
• Enforce pool rules: no running • no diving • no glass

Swimmer’s ear

To help prevent, dry the outside part of the ears after being in the water. Pain is the earliest symptom and you may see drainage from the ear(s) at some point.

Food poisoning

• Use an antibacterial hand gel and wash hands throughout the day
• Keep cold food at a temperature of less than 40°F
• Refrigerate all food within the first hour of serving

Stay hydrated

Drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water, each day (or one glass per hour)

Meet our pediatricians!

Wednesday, June 13, 6 – 7:30 pm

Join us for a special meet and greet event with MemorialCare Medical Group pediatricians.

See the calendar section for details.

Gina Posner, M.D.
Board certified pediatrician

“On hot days, stay hydrated with water and replace lost sodium by drinking sports drinks.”

Julie Fallon, M.D.
Board certified pediatrician

“High temperatures can lead to bacteria growth in perishable foods. To avoid food poisoning, wash your hands regularly and put away food within an hour after serving it.”

Emily Edwards, M.D.
Board certified pediatrician

“When outside, dress your baby in lightweight clothes that cover arms and legs, along with a hat with a brim.”

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MemorialCare is a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system that includes leading hospitals – Long Beach Medical Center, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center; award-winning medical groups – MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians; MemorialCare Select Health Plan; and convenient outpatient health centers, imaging centers, surgical centers and dialysis centers throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

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