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Sunscreen, water, mosquito bites, oh my! Staying safe this Fourth of July

Posted at 4:51 AM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 07:01:18-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Fourth of July is going to be hot and the risk of dehydration and sunburn is high for this years holiday.

Experts with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta say the most effective sunscreen has an SPF of at least 30.

Apply sunscreen to all of the exposed areas of the body and be sure to re-apply every 90 minutes.

Even if there are overcast skies, anybody can still get burned, so always apply that sunscreen.

The Fourth of July is going to be hot so staying hydrated is important.

Drink plenty of water or sports drinks, but avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks because they can lead to dehydration.

When the temperature rises be sure to take rest periods in the shade or go inside for a while to give your body a break.

Seek medical attention if someone experiences cramps, headaches, nausea, dizziness or other signs of heat-related illness.

Lastly, use bug spray to prevent any mosquitoes or ticks from biting.

Use repellents that contain 10 to 30-percent deet

Experts suggest avoiding mosquito breeding grounds like still pools and ponds.

In wooded areas check frequently for ticks on the scalp, neck, armpits and behind the knees.

Seek immediate medical attention if a sting or bite causes shortness of breath or wheezing, swelling of the tongue, lips or face, or hives over most of the body.

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