by SANJA COSIC, MD
We have several locations throughout Polk, Highlands, and Hillsborough counties that serve our pediatric patients. However, at our Avon Park location, we are celebrating our new center with a FREE Summerfest! This family-friendly event will be held on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 950 CR 17A West in Avon Park. Come enjoy free snacks, games, and special fun for the kids! If you can’t attend, or if you miss it, we still invite you to consider us as your primary health care provider for your child. Summer is a fun, yet sometimes dangerous time, for kids. Here are a few health and safety tips to remember while you are out and about with the kids:
- Remember to watch young kids closely when near or in the water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages one to four, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.” Even a moment spent checking your cell phone right next to the water could result in your child’s water-related injury or death, so remember to silence your phone and always be on the alert.
- Protect your kids from the heat. A child can become dehydrated in the heat very quickly, so make sure they consume enough water. If possible, also schedule outdoor activities for morning or early evening hours, avoiding the hottest part of the day.
- Protect your kids from the sun. If you can’t cover up exposed skin, then make sure to use a sunscreen with at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15, and re-apply every hour.
We hope these reminders and tips are helpful, but remember we also offer same-day appointments for those unexpected illnesses. Should you need pediatric care for your child or have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable, friendly medical staff at (866) 234-8534.
This column is sponsored by Central Florida Health Care, Inc., and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of CFAN or of its advertisers.
BIO: Dr. Sanja Cosic is a pediatric physician with Central Florida Health Care, Inc, currently serving patients at our Avon Park location. To make an appointment with Dr. Cosic or any of our team at one of our 12 locations, call (866) 234-8534. Visit cfhconline.org for more information.