Spring Time


    Fun Springtime Activity Suggestions

    • Hiking in Griffith Park
    • Biking/ Rollerblading
    • Visiting local Farmer’s Markets
    • Santa Monica Pier
    • Planting a garden
    • Kite flying/ Remote control flying toys
    • Picnics at Balboa Park


    It’s that time of the year again – when allergies can really flare up. Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is a common problem in infants and children. The most common symptoms include a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, sore throat, throat clearing and a cough that may be worse at night and in the morning. These symptoms usually occur during certain times of the year for people with seasonal allergies, corresponding to being exposed to outdoor allergens, such as tree pollen, grasses and weeds.

    Allergic rhinitis does run in certain families and are more common in children who have asthma of eczema. It is also more common in children who are exposed to second hand smoke, air pollution and pets. If allergic rhinitis goes untreated, it can make you child more vulnerable to sinus and ear infections.

    The best treatment for allergic rhinitis is to avoid what your child is allergic to by following prevention and environmental controls. For seasonal allergies, this includes keeping window closed in the car and at home to avoid exposure to pollens and limit outdoor activates when pollen counts are highest (early morning for tree pollen in the spring, afternoon and early evening for grasses in the summer, and midday for ragweed in the fall). Also, there are several medications (over the counter and prescription) which can help control a child’s allergies. If you are suspicious allergies in your child, make an appointment to be seen by one of the doctors.

    Spring cleaning / Safety updating

    It is a good idea to do the proverbial spring cleaning at this time of the year it regards to safety.
    • Go through medicine cabinet and discard expired medications
    • Check smoke detectors
    • Discard broken toys that may pose a safety hazard
    • Make sure all chemicals/ medicines are securely locked up

    Pool and Beach Tips

    • Children and adults should never swim alone
    • If you have a pool, be sure the self-closing, self-locking gate or pool alarm is working properly. Provide touch supervision. This means that an adult is within arm’s reach anytime your young child is in or near water.
    • Be aware that pools and beaches in other counties may not have lifeguards, and pools may have unsafe drain systems.
    • At the beach, stay within the designated swimming area and ideally within the visibility of a life guard.
    • Be aware of rip currents. If you should get caught in one, don’t try to swim against it. Swim parallel to shore until clean of the current.

    Sun Safety

    Babies under 6 months: Babies have sensitive skin that is much thinner than adult skin. This causes them to sunburn more easily than an adult. Even babies with naturally darker skin need protection. The AAP recommends avoiding direct sun exposure at this age by dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long sleeved shorts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck. Also, stay in shaded areas at the beach and the park, using larger umbrellas shades. If your baby gets sunburn and is younger than a 1 year of age, contact us at the office at once - severe sunburn is an emergency.

    For toddlers and young children: The best and first line of defense against the sun is covering up – including hats (with a 3 inch brim) and cotton clothing with a tight weave. Also wearing sunglasses that block 99% of UV rays (both UVB and UVA) can protect young children’s eyes. Try to limit sun exposure during the peak of intensity hours - 10am – 4pm.

    Finally, choose sunscreen that is made for children, preferably waterproof. Before covering your child completely, test the sunscreen on your child’s back for a reaction and if a rash develops, talk to your pediatrician. Apply carefully around the eyes, avoiding the eyelids. Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. The sunscreen should be SPF 30 or greater and should be reapplied every 1-2 hours. Avoid sunscreens with the ingredients azobenzone and oxybenzone (aka escolal or eusolex). Zinc oxide is a very effective sun block that can be used as extra protection on the nose, cheeks, and the top of ears and shoulders. Use extra caution near water, snow, sand as they reflect UV rays and result in sunburns more quickly!


    Springtime is also a good time to schedule appointments for physicals, especially with regard to completing summer camp forms and for getting full checkups before traveling abroad. Please call us at (818)-789-7181 for an appointment.

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