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Fight the bite: Protect yourself from mosquitoes

June 27, 2016

With all the talk of the West Nile and Zika viruses, it’s understandable that some residents may have concerns about the best way to avoid the bite of a mosquito.

According to the County of Riverside Department of Environmental Health, you can protect yourself by using insect repellent, such as DEET. DEET is easy to use, long lasting and totally safe for kids and adults alike, even young children down to 2 months old. (But be careful of sunscreens that contain DEET: you should reapply sunscreen regularly, but DEET only needs to be applied once a day. Separate products work better.)

Cover up. Wearing long sleeves, pants and socks when you are outside will help to keep mosquitoes at bay.

You can also mosquito-proof your home. This involves draining any standing water that has accumulated in pots or containers near or around your home.  In fact, drain the water from such things as flowerpots, wading pools and even pet bowls, then scrub those items to be sure you have done away with any mosquito-laid eggs. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a bottlecap's worth of water.

Finally, Riverside County Environmental Health officials urge residents to keep mosquitoes outside with tight-fitting screens on all windows and doors.

Learn more at www.rivcoeh.org.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.


 


Keep kids safe, healthy and engaged this summer

June 8, 2016

Riverside County schools have started closing their doors, so that means thousands of local youngsters’ calendars just got wide open.

This is great news for the kids; not so great for parents who are working to keep their kids safe, healthy and engaged.

When it comes to keeping your kids safe during summer make sure they are protected from the sun’s harmful rays by using sunscreen when they play outside. When swimming in a pool or at the beach, be sure to designate a “water watcher” – someone who will not take their eyes off the children as they swim. And for older teens, establish and hold firm to a curfew so that your children are off the street and safe at home at a reasonable hour.

Staying healthy is just as important as being safe. Keep your kids away from sugary drinks and sodas and instead keep cold water and skim milk in full supply. Stock healthy snacks like carrots, celery and apples in the fridge, and limit or eliminate junk food and fast food altogether for a fit and healthy summer.

Finally, don’t let your crew lose any ground when it comes to their studies. Encourage reading and daily math problems to stay sharp. Limit gaming hours. And consider trips to the museum or local bookstores in order to keep those learning vibes going.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.