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Revealed: Tips for parents to keep young children healthy during Spain’s long, hot summer

Ear infections are the most common ailment in young children during the summer months, according to a leading paediatrician in Spain.

Stating that there has been a great increase in outdoor activities and frequent visits to swimming pools, Carolina Sanz from Alicante Vithas Medimar Hospital says that the most common problem in young patients is ‘otitis externas’.

“These infections often occur as a result of diving into swimming pools or the sea and are a significant concern for parents,” Dr. Sanz said.

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Other problems encountered during this period include sunburns and skin infections.

“Long hours in the sun without adequate protection can lead to painful sunburn, while constant contact with surfaces and exposure to moisture also contribute to the development of skin infections,” he added.

Carolina Sanz said that the most common patient profile in the summer months is active children between the ages of 4 and 12 who enjoy outdoor activities.

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

“This active lifestyle is healthy and beneficial, but it also increases the likelihood of developing the problems I mentioned,” Dr. Sanz says.

Prevention is always better than cure, and some simple steps can help protect children.

“To prevent ear infections, I recommend that children wear earplugs when swimming and dry their ears thoroughly after entering the water and use a special spray to keep out moisture,” Dr. Sanz said.

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

The pediatrician says it’s equally important to avoid sunburn.

“To protect children’s skin, it is very important to apply sunscreen with a high protection factor (SPF 30 and above) every two hours and after swimming.”

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

In case of skin infections, good hygiene is essential and it is recommended to ‘wash children’s skin with soap and water every day, paying particular attention to wounds and irritations’.

“It is essential to apply antiseptic to wounds to prevent infections and ensure rapid healing.”

Carolina Sanz concludes: “With these preventive measures, parents can ensure that their children have a safe and healthy summer without any problems during the warmer months.”