COLUMBIA (WACH) - Pools, playgrounds, sporting events, and a lot of outdoor activity will be on the to-do list for some as the summer begins. However, staying hydrated and beating the heat will also be at the top of the list as summer temperatures rise.
Dr. Caroline Webber, a pediatrician with Lexington Pediatric Practice, says hydration is one of the most important things if children are going to be out in the heat and humidity.
Additionally, bug bites and sun burns are two concerns during the summer season. Protective lotions such as sunscreen lotion are recommended.
"The damaging rays are the ones that are the UV rays," says Webber. "Those are the invisible ones. UVA and UVB."
Children are most exposed to sun during their childhood, which is why protecting children throughout the summer is really important.
In addition to light clothing and sunscreen, staying out of the sun during peak times of 10 am to 4pm can also be extremely helpful in preventing sunburns.