5 Healthy Summer Treats For Your Kids

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With kids out of school and constantly on the go during the summer, it’s smart to have healthy treats on hand for them whenever hunger strikes. It’s often tough to make snacks that are both healthy and enjoyable to children, but we’ve got a few easy treats that your kids are sure to love.

Raspberry Cheesecake Freezer Pops

Plain Greek yogurt and frozen raspberries are the main ingredients in this healthy frozen treat. The fresh lemon juice, vanilla and honey make this treat taste just like cheesecake.

Homemade Protein Bars

These low-sugar treats are an easy grab-and-go treat that kids love. Peanut butter, protein powder, wheat germ and almonds add plenty of protein to this snack, while honey and oatmeal add texture and natural sweetness.  These protein bars can also double as no bake cookies!

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

One of the easiest healthy snacks around is fruit and cheese kabobs. Simply dice your child’s favorite cheese into larger pieces, cut fruit into bite-size pieces and place a kabob (wooden is preferable) through the middle of each piece until you’ve filled the entire kabob. To make the kabobs even more fun, consider using a cookie cutter to make the fruit and cheese into fun shapes.

Homemade Pizza Bites

For a quick and hearty snack, simply slice English muffins in half, spoon some pizza sauce on top of each half and top the muffins off with mozzarella cheese and other fun and healthy toppings. These muffins only need to be baked for 10 minutes and cooled for five minutes before your child can enjoy.

Frozen Fruit

During the hot summer, nothing tastes better than a cold treat. Pop grapes or slices of banana into the freezer for a super easy and naturally sweet snack.

By having healthy snacks available for your kids during the summer, they will be more likely to reach for healthy foods on their own as well. For more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check back in on the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care blog regularly. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

4 Common Injuries Around The Playground

Outdoor recreation

Most adults have nothing but fond memories of the playground. However, as an adult, there’s a good chance you’re slightly more cautious when your child is running around the playground… and for good reason too. Research shows that, each day, 600 kids in the United States end up in the emergency room due to injuries sustained at the playground.

By learning the most common injuries around the playground, you can help educate your child on how he or she can have fun while still remaining cautious.

  • Head Injuries: Swings and monkey bars both create a high risk of head injuries for children. Head injuries incurred at the playground vary from bumps and bruises to concussions and even traumatic brain injuries.
  • Internal Injuries: Blunt trauma of any kind can cause internal injuries for a child. If a child falls from a high piece of equipment or even collides with a piece of equipment, he or she could easily suffer an injury internally.
  • Broken or Fractured Bones: Because children run quickly throughout the playground area, broken or fractured bones are at the top of the common playground injuries list. The forearm and wrist are the most common fractures in children.
  • Dislocations: Caused by falls and hard impacts, dislocations are a major risk for children at the playground. If your child runs into another child, piece of equipment or even something like a tree, he or she could easily suffer a dislocated joint.

To avoid playground-related injuries, it’s important your child knows the best practices when at the playground, whether in your backyard or at a public park. Be sure your child knows that he or she should only run in wide, open spaces where there is little risk of running into something or someone. Also, children should not hang from high equipment, such as monkey bars, without adult supervision. Finally, it’s smart to walk with your child around the playground if possible to ensure he or she knows each piece of equipment and if there are any unexpected nooks or crannies.

If your child has suffered a playground-related injury and needs medical attention, visit Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. At Dallas-based Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

How To Keep Your Kids Safe At The Beach

Children with snorkels by seaIt’s that time of year again. Beach vacations are on the minds of families everywhere. But before your child hits the sand, it’s crucial that you brush up on beach safety for your family. Below are some tips on how you can keep your kids safe at the beach this year so you and your family can enjoy a truly relaxing vacation.

Take swim lessons

One of the best things you can do to ensure your child is safe at the beach is to enroll them in swim lessons before your trip. This will ensure your child is comfortable in the water and that he or she knows what to do if your child begins having difficulty in the water. 

Stay Nearby

To keep your child safe in the water, it is crucial to keep him or her within an arm’s length. Children should never swim alone and if, for some reason, you can’t be in the water, you should be sure there is a lifeguard around and your child is within eyesight.

Enforce Lifejackets

If your child is not a strong swimmer, he or she should wear a lifejacket or U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device any time they are in the water. For anyone in a boat, a lifejacket should be worn at all times.

Practice Sun Safety

The fastest-growing cancer in children under seven years of age is melanoma, so sun safety is crucial when your child is going to be at the beach. Buy a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and make sure your child is reapplying it every two hours.

Stay Hydrated

Because they are near the water, children often don’t realize how dehydrated they are. However, being in the sun all day can cause children to dehydrate quickly, so it’s important that water is consumed throughout the day.

For more information on child safety, helpful health tips and up-to-date medical information, check back in on the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care blog regularly. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.