Bay Point Urgent Care Makes Summer Safer

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Bay Point Urgent Care provides families with important summer "beat the heat" options.

Bay Point Urgent Care understands that as the last school bell of the school year rings, children race outside eager for their long anticipated summer vacation. With all of the fun and activities that people can participate in during summer, people have to keep in mind that this is the time of year when most accidents happen. Bay Point Urgent Care is here to provide simple things people can do to ensure that summer is fun for a child and involves minimal risk.

Bay Point Urgent Care reminds that children should always wear protective helmets while riding their bicycles. Parents must make it a non-negotiable rule, no helmet, no ride. Helmets must be approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) and have a CSPC sticker attached. Bay Point Urgent Care reminds parents to check that the helmet fits snugly and is properly adjusted to fit a child's head. Local bike shops often will help to ensure a proper fit and application. If riding an ATV, appropriate riding gear and supervision is strongly encouraged.

In the car, children weighing less than 80 pounds should be secured in a car seat or booster seat, and everyone should wear seatbelts, it’s the law.

To avoid heat-related injuries, make sure kids remain hydrated. Most kids will not drink enough water without continuous prompting from parents, because they generally don't feel thirsty enough, especially when swimming / playing or when they've already begun feeling dehydrated. During any activity, periodic drinking should be enforced.

When visiting the pool or beach, be sure to put sunscreen on the kids to prevent sunburn. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting clothing made of a light and breathable fabric when spending time outdoors. The first and best line of defense against the sun is covering up.

Kids under four must always be within an arm's reach of an adult when swimming and no child should ever be left unsupervised.

Keeping kids safe from bug bites and stings can be tricky. Avoid perfumes or scented soaps and detergents, which can attract insects. Stay away from stagnant water which is a common breeding ground for mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that kids over two months old should use insect repellent containing a 30 percent concentration of DEET. Babies under two months should not use products containing DEET. Using citronella candles and sticking fabric softener sheets in pockets also can help to keep insects at bay.

Summer is a great time for kids and parents to spend more time together having fun, learning and making precious memories. Keeping it safe for them will make it much more enjoyable for the whole family.

Bay Point Urgent Care was founded by Emergency Medicine specialist Andrew A. Boyer MD who has practiced clinically in Urgent Care, Orthopedics and Emergency Medicine. For the convenience of its patients, Bay Point Urgent Care is open 7 days a week with extended hours, and no appointment is necessary. Keep in mind that urgent care centers are NOT for life-threatening illnesses or injuries. If a patient is experiencing an emergency, call 911 or head directly to a local emergency department.

Bay Point Urgent Care is a medical facility located at 1155 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, in Tampa Florida. The facility hours are 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday and Sunday of each week.

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