Medical Dangers You Need to Know

Dog Bites
Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, and research shows that incidents of dog bites increase as the weather gets warmer. If you have a dog or are planning on bringing a dog into your family, make sure to enroll Fido in training and socialization classes.

Children often play rough with dogs, so it’s important to supervise them and teach them how to properly play and interact with their canine friends. If your child is bitten, make sure to go to the doctor’s office, as he or she may need antibiotics or a tetanus shot to prevent infection, or possibly even rabies shots if the dog has not been vaccinated.

Backyard Safety
You send your children to play outside all summer long, but backyard dangers exist. The Accidental Housewife, Julie Edelman, takes a trip to a typical backyard and points out potential hazards. See what she found!

Julie shares her tips for natural, chemical-free methods to repel bugs, keep ants from joining your picnic, and keep kiddie pools and sandboxes clean and sanitary.

Let’s Have a Picnic
Who doesn’t love a picnic on a beautiful summer’s day? But after a certain amount of time, ants are sure to crash the party. Julie says that drawing a circle around your picnic area with chalk, baking soda, or salt will keep the ants away.

Bugs Be-Gone
Mosquitoes and bees are repelled by fabric dryer sheets. Just tuck one in your pocket, and those pesky critters won’t be bothering you.

Roach Trap
“If you have one roach,” Julie cautions, “you probably have 20,000. They can live 14 days without water, 20 days without food and several days without their heads.”

Take a Mason jar and fill it with bananas, apples or potatoes. Coat the rim of the jar with petroleum jelly, so the roaches will get into the jar, but won’t be able to get out.

Kiddie Pool Cleanliness
Clean with baking soda or a little bit of bleach once a day or two times per week. Cover the pool each night to keep dirt and debris out of the water, and skim the surface with a net once a day.

Sandbox Health Risks
• Fill your sandbox with playground sand, not builder’s sand
• Always keep a sandbox covered
• Turn the sand — sift for rocks, glass, spiders, twigs, etc.
• Replace the sand if an animal uses it as a litter box
• Replace the sand once a year
• Tip: If your kids are going to play in the sand, sprinkle talcum powder on them, as it will help get the sand off of them more easily.

Backpack Essentials
You send your kids off to school with their homework, books and lunch, but chances are, they’re missing the most important item of all. Every child needs to carry the following in case of a medical emergency:

• Cell phone
• Money
• Snack
• Disinfecting wipes
• Tissues
• First aid kit
• Hand sanitizer
• Medical and allergy information
• Emergency contact information

Summer Pregnancy Risks
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson offers tips to keeping mom and baby safe during the summer months:

• Dehydration can cause pre-term labor, so it’s essential for women to keep themselves hydrated. Drinking plenty of water and sports drinks and wearing cool clothing will help keep a woman’s body in balance.
• Decrease salt intake, as salt will aggravate dehydration and contribute to the risk of pre-term labor.
• Avoid flip flops because a woman’s center of gravity is off during pregancy. Instead, wear sandals that can provide support.
• Wear lots of skin protection because the high levels of estrogen increase a woman’s chance of developing melasma, also known as the pregnancy mask, or splotchy marks on the face. Make sure to wear an SPF of 50 every day.
• Stay active! Swimming is a great activity because it keeps a woman cool and relieves aches and pains as well.

Live From the Red Carpet!
Tom Hanks asks The Doctors how much true aerobic exercise people should get every day.

• For adults: 30 minutes of moderate activity
• If you want to lose weight: 60 – 90 minutes of moderate activity
• For kids: 60 minutes of moderate activity
• For toddlers: 1.5 hours of moderate activity
• For pre-schoolers: 2 hours of moderate activity

 Laser Tonsillectomy

See the latest tonsillectomy technique that doesn't require surgery and only takes 20 minutes! WATCH NOW...

Laser Tonsillectomy
Traditional tonsillectomies used to be incredibly painful procedures, but a new laser procedure makes surgery a thing of the past. Otolaryngologist Dr. Craig Schwimmer, medical director of the Snoring Center in Dallas, Texas explains that tonsils are part of the immune system.

“They’re like little antibody factories,” he says. “So when people have frequent infections, those factories enlarge. They increase production, and they swell and get bigger.”

The problem is that if the tonsils are chronically infected, they develop a rough surface, which accumulates food particles, skin, and various other elements that contribute to ongoing irritations and infections.

Dr. Schwimmer uses a sophisticated carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to vaporize and resurface the outer layer, or outer mantle, of the tonsils. This effectively minimizes the tonsils by approximately 50 percent and prevents particles from accumulating on their surface.

The 20-minute, out-patient procedure is only performed on adults, who are awake for it.

UV Skin Protection
A new article of clothing not only protects against sun damage, but promises to treat it as well. Yelo Mod hat by Sun Soul uses fluorescent technology that allows the sun’s healthy rays to reach the skin, but blocks the harmful UV rays.

Practice sun safety! The most harmful UV rays of the day are 10a.m. –  3p.m. Whenever you’re out in the sun, always protect yourself with a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing.

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OAD 05/07/09