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Those things that we love about spring and summer can also present dangers. Help children have fun while staying safe with these tips from board-certified pediatrician Tia Ragland Medley, MD, FAAP.

Sun and Heat

Avoid direct sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and wear protective clothing (long sleeves and pants), sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen (with an SPF of at least 15-30) 15-30 minutes before going out, and be sure to reapply often. Drink plenty of water and seek shade and medical attention if you feel faint or dizzy.

Bugs and Plants

Wear protective clothing (tuck pants into socks), use insect repellent, and check for ticks after being outside. Stay on paths and recognize ‘leaves of three’ to avoid poison ivy.

Protect Your Head

Wear a properly fitting helmet when using a bicycle, skates or anything with wheels.

Water Safety

Wear properly fitting life vests when boating, and have an adult within arm’s length while swimming.

Car Safety

Stay on sidewalks, look both ways before crossing streets, and don’t run out in the street to retrieve a ball. Be Ready Despite best intentions, accidents do happen. Always keep a list of emergency phone numbers on hand and have a first aid kit at home and in your car.

Location Information

For a physician referral, please call 443-777-7900.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

Pediatric Practice in Perry Hall
5009 Honeygo Center Drive
Suite 225
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128 
Phone: 443-725-2100
Fax: 443-725-2121