Warm weather means you're about to spring into festival season. Whether you're headed to Bonnaroo or just the backyard block party, plan ahead and be prepared.
dailyRx News talked to Bradley R. Berg, MD, PhD, division director of pediatrics at Baylor Scott and White in Austin and Round Rock, about simple steps families can take to be prepared.
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Remember to bring fuel for the family, including plenty of liquids to stay hydrated and healthy snacks to keep up energy levels, Dr. Berg said.
Dr. Berg recommended wearing earplugs, such as the foam kind that expand in the ear canal, “anytime you're around loud bands or loud music playing.”
Because kids are more sensitive to loud noises, Dr. Berg recommended sitting near the back and away from the speakers.
Children of different ages require different levels of supervision. Dr. Berg said young children should be kept very close and taught about “stranger danger,” preteens should be kept in eyesight and if teens are out by themselves, they should have to check in every 30 to 45 minutes.
Once the festival is over, the best way to return to your regular sleep schedule is to force yourself to get up at your normal time, Dr. Berg said.
You may be tired that first day, but that will help you fall asleep at a regular time that evening, he said.
Sunscreen needs to be a staple in your festival gear. You should apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 every couple of hours, Dr. Berg said.
And don’t forget to accessorize with a hat to block even more sun.
Being covered from the sun doesn’t mean complete protection from the heat — parents should pay attention to kids’ cues to indicate when they’re overheated. Dr. Berg said complaining, irritability, lack of energy, or constantly wanting to sit are signs that children need to recharge and refuel.
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