10 Jul, 2024 @ 20:00
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Revealed: Tips for parents to make sure young children stay healthy during Spain’s long hot summer

Revealed: Tips for parents to make sure young children stay healthy during Spain's long hot summer

EAR infections are the most common summer ailment for young children in Spain according to a leading paediatrician.

With a big rise in outdoor activities including the frequent use of swimming pools, Carolina Sanz from Alicante’s Vithas Medimar Hospital says that ‘otitis externas’ is the leading issue for young patients.

“These infections are usually caused by diving into water be it in swimming pools or in the sea, and represent a significant cause for concern for parents,” said Dr. Sanz.

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DR. CAROLINA SANZ

Other problems at this time of the year are sunburn and skin infections.

“Long hours in the sun, without adequate protection, can lead to painful sunburns, while constant contact with surfaces and exposure to the humid environment contribute to the appearance of skin infections,” she added.

Carolina Sanz said that the most frequent patient profile during the summer is that of an active child aged between 4 and 12 years who enjoys outdoor activities.

“These children often spend much of their time in the pool, on the beach or playing in the park, engaging in water activities and outdoor sports.”

“This active lifestyle, while healthy and beneficial, also increases the likelihood of facing problems that I have mentioned,” says Dr. Sanz.

Prevention is always better that cure and some simple steps can help to keep children protected.

“Top stop ear infections, I recommend children wear earplugs while swimming and make sure their ears are dried well after being in the water and use a special spray to keep them free of moisture,” Dr. Sanz said.

“ Keeping your ears dry and clean can significantly reduce the risk of infections.”

Protection from sunburn is equally important according to the paediatrician.

“Applying a sunscreen with a high protection factor (SPF 30 or higher) every two hours and after swimming is essential to protect children’s skin.”

“In addition, the use of protective clothing, hats and sunglasses should be encouraged to avoid direct exposure to the sun and prevent the damage it can cause.”

When it comes to skin infections, good hygiene is the key and it is recommended ‘to wash children’s skin daily with soap and water- paying special attention to any wounds or chafing’.

“Applying an antiseptic to wounds is essential to avoid infections and ensure rapid healing.”

Carolina Sanz concludes: “With these preventative measures, parents can ensure their children enjoy a safe and health summer without any problems during the hot months.”

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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