Many families have been schooled on the “big” summer safety issues that threaten the well-being of children including water safety around the pool, fireworks precautions and the importance of using sunscreen and sunglasses on your little ones.
But what about the lesser-known dangers that range from annoying to downright dangerous, not just for children but for all of us? Nicole Florence, MD, an internal medicine physician and pediatrician with Memorial Physician Services—Koke Mill, part of Memorial Health System, during a recent interview on WTAX’s Ask the Expert program on the Ray Lytle Show, shares her expertise. Read the rest of this entry »
Most of us have been there. You have hours ahead of you on the road and from the backseat all you can hear is, “Are we there yet?” This year, instead of loading the kids up on packaged snacks with enough sugar to keep them bouncing out of their seats, try these wholesome, homemade and cost-friendly snacks presented by Memorial Food and Nutrition. While we can’t promise a peaceful car ride, we can guarantee happy stomachs. As many of us know, that’s half the battle! See what our own taste-testers had to say, too. Read the rest of this entry »
Bad news first. There is still no safe sun exposure. Nada. Not ever. Don’t do it. And if your kids are going to be out in the pool, on the playing field or just hanging outdoors, they need to be protected by high SPF products.
Cara Vasconcelles, MD, with Memorial Physician Services – Koke Mill, recommends aerosol sprays for children over three – if application is done by an adult and the spray is SPF 50 or more. She cautions to apply in an area without wind or dust to ensure an effective coating of protection. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer is in full swing, and your schedule is packed with pool parties, barbeques, ballgames and more.
Everyone around you seems more positive and energetic — except you.
Regardless of the season, depression can make the whole world dark and gray. Clinical depression can impair your ability to sleep, eat, work and get along with others. It also can damage self-esteem, self-confidence and your ability to accomplish everyday tasks.
Depression is more than a low mood; it can be a serious illness. Read the rest of this entry »
Even camels can die from dehydration—those humps are filled with fat, not water. But you don’t have to exist in a desert to be vulnerable to the symptoms and effects of dehydration, especially during the summer when increased activity and high temperatures team up.
Calvin Bell, MD, medical director for Memorial ExpressCare, explains that dehydration occurs when the body’s loss of water is in excess of what one takes in. This can be caused by extreme hot or cold environments, increased activities, alcoholic beverages, fever, diarrhea and even some medications, including those for blood pressure or diabetes.
You can prevent dehydration by being proactive, especially during the summer. Read the rest of this entry »
Now’s the time to schedule school physicals. Dr. Maoxiim Tellez with Memorial Physician Services – Petersburg notes the main purpose of a school physical is to make sure children are growing in a healthy manner, both physically and mentally.
It’s also the law. Illinois requires school physicals for children in daycares, preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade. Weight and height are measured to ensure appropriate growth and to screen for obesity. If risk factors are present, a fasting blood sugar may be done to rule out diabetes. Read the rest of this entry »
They are the big three irritants in an otherwise glorious time of year: sunburn, bug bites and the itchy rash associated with leaves of three, otherwise known as poison ivy. Dr. Avi Viswanathan with Memorial Physician Services – Koke Mill offers prevention tips as well as strategies on how best to deal with symptoms and discomfort in case your best preventative efforts fail. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer season is approaching which means warm weather, lots of physical activity, and paying more attention to keeping your body hydrated.
“Water is the body’s fluid of choice”, says Christina Rollins, Registered Dietitian for Memorial Medical Center and spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association, “But other beverages—and foods, too—also can help you meet your daily needs. All beverages supply fluid, some may also come loaded with calories or caffeine.”
How much fluid do you need? An average adult needs about 2 ½ quarts (10 cups) daily to keep the body running smoothly and to replace fluids lost throughout the day. If you lose more water, such as through heavy perspiration, you’ll need even more. You can meet your needs by drinking water and other beverages, and you can also get water from foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Rollins offers these tips for making smart beverage choices to get in the flow of good health: Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you pile your family into the car for a leisurely road trip or jet off to an exotic locale, a vacation is a great escape from your everyday routine. But summer fun doesn’t have to sabotage your diet. Avoiding dieting pitfalls is easy with a little planning.
If you know where you’ll be eating, check out the restaurant’s website in advance. Most national chains have nutritional information available online. You can also purchase The Calorie King. This pocket-sized guide provides nutritional information (calories, fat, sodium, etc.) on a wide variety of food and has a special section devoted to chain restaurants. It provides easy access to nutritional information when the internet isn’t available.
Armed with nutritional information, you can avoid poor choices like a gut-busting bowl of fettuccine alfredo. Can pasta really be that bad? Yes – a dinner-sized portion of fettuccine alfredo contains 1,220 calories and 75 grams of fat. That’s about 60 percent of the calories and nearly 100 percent of the fat an average adult needs for a day, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Read the rest of this entry »
Glowing sparklers, massive booms from afar, and collective “oohs” and “ahhs” are familiar sights and sounds to most Americans. Yes, the Fourth of July will soon be upon us. And once again, Memorial Medical Center is preparing for an influx of firework-induced, avoidable injuries and burns.
“We typically see a spike in burns and firework-related injuries during this time of year,” says Doug Gregory, RN, nurse manager of Memorial’s Regional Burn Center.
Sara Plunk, RN, nurse manager, MMC Emergency Department, says, “Our goal this year is to keep everyone harm-free and inform the public of safe ways to enjoy fireworks this season.”
Fireworks should be handled delicately and cautiously. They have the potential to cause serious harm, even death, if not handled properly. Read the rest of this entry »