Morrow Family Medicine August 2016 Newsletter

It's Hot Out There! 
Protection Against the Sun During the School Sports' Season  

students at marching band practice
It is NOT Just the Humidity.
Anyone who has grown up in the south can safely testify to the overbearing heat index during the dog days of summer. It is not unusual for the temperature to be in the upper eighties by mid-morning and skyrocket to 100+ as the afternoon progresses. In August, most kids are headed back to school and are inside most of day away from any harmful rays. 
male student and football coach
However, the beginning of school heralds the start of extra-curricular activities many of which are outside: football, band and cheer leading, to name a few. In August and early September it important to remain diligent with your child to exercise some precautions while in training, to protect against overexposure to the heat and sun.
How Can You Protect Your Child from Heat Exhaustion and Sun Poisoning?

There are lot of precautions that may feel like common sense. However, the execution of certain safety practices is crucial to making sure your child is well protected while they are outside during the latter part of the afternoon. Even though it is cooler, sun exposure can still present a problem if children are out for more than two to three hours in uniforms. 

Hydrate Before Going Outside
caucasian woman hydrating
If your child is going to be part of a rigorous sport activity it is essential  to make sure they are hydrated first thing in the morning. 
Encourage your child to drink a glass of water before breakfast, to opt for water when they are at lunch and to drink water throughout the day.  Hydration helps maintain your body's delicate chemical balance even during excruciating heat. Help your child understand that drinking soft drinks, coffee and other caffeine beverages will actually dehydrate them further and is not the same as hydrating. Hydration is the most important factor to encourage your child to be mindful of when they are at practice. 

Here is what the American Council on Exercise recommends for  athletes: 
  • Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water 2 to 3 hours before you start exercising
  • Drink 8 ounces of water 20 to 30 minutes before starting to exercise or during warm-up
  • Drink 7 to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise
  • Drink 8 ounces of water no more than 30 minutes after you exercise
When your child is working out in the heat of the day they are going to sweat. During heavy perspiration sunscreen does not stay on very long. Your child will need to layer sunscreen once every hour to accommodate for perspiration. Even if it is just on the neck and face, this will not only stop a sunburn but also keeps your child safe from getting sun poisoning. It is always best to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher. 
cheer practice

Apply Sunscreen Multiple Times 
Know the signs
, overheating can happen unexpectedly so preparation is key. Even with safety precautions in place your child can experience sun poisoning or heat exhaustion.
Make sure all adults and students recognize the signs of someone suffering from either of these conditions.  

Also, encourage your child to confidently speak up and step out if they are feeling ill due to heat. There is a lot of pressure on performance in extra-circular activities but your child's safety should always come first. 

Severe sunburn or sun poisoning can cause symptoms such as the following: Skin Redness and Blistering; Pain and Tingling; Swelling, Headache, Fever and Chills;   Nausea, Dizziness, Dehydration.

The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include: 
Dark-Colored Urine  (a sign of dehydration), Confusion, Dizziness, Fainting, Fatigue, Headache, Muscle or Abdominal Cramps;Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea.

Being involved in extra-curricular activities brings a number of great benefits to students and families overall. But with the heat of summer still around as students venture back to school, taking precautions can assure your child performs well and enjoys their programs. It is important also to remember that these great tips are not just for children. Often coaches, parents and grandparents are at the field cheering students on. Make sure the adults are taking precautions too.

As your family prepares for the upcoming school and sports season now is a good time to visit Morrow Family Medicine. Our caring team can help with sports' physicals and immunizations as well as minor injuries that can occur due to training. Contact us at:  or call us at: 770-781-8004.  

We are committed to your health and well-being. We utilize state of the art technology and old fashioned attitudes to care for all our patients.

To learn more about us visit Morrow Family Medicine's LinkedIn page. Morrow Family is the proud recipient of the Best of Forsyth award for 2015 and 2016.

Morrow Family Medicine is now available to see you at two locations:
Cumming - 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 200, Cumming, GA 30041
Milton - 12970 Highway 9, Milton, GA 30004
The Morrow Family Medicine team would like to share our support of the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club's " Flags For Education" club fundraiser. Sales will help the Forsyth BYOT Benefit as well. Please consider sponsoring their initiative.

Communication is the Key
Our job is to take care of you and yours to the best of our ability. The key to being able to perform at that level is communication between doctor and patient. At Morrow Family Medicine, we work to keep the lines of communication open at all times. Toward that goal,  we offer a walk-in time from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m . weekdays . In addition,  our policy is to make ourselves available for sick patients on the day they call, not waiting for an open appointment on some future date. After hours, we are available at all times for any true emergency that might arise. Of course, always call 911 for any life-threatening emergencies.
Dr. Patrick Kindregan
We would like to welcome Dr. Patrick Kindregan to Morrow Family Medicine

 About Dr. Patrick Kindregan. DO - Family Physician

Dr. Kindregan grew up in Alpharetta and attended Milton High School and the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!).  After an 8 year career in finance and IT, Dr. Kindregan pursued a career in medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, GA.  After medical school, his family moved to Rome, GA where he completed his Family Medicine Residency at Floyd Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident.  He was also voted "Rookie of the Year" by his attendings and co-residents.  Much of his spare time is spent on Lake Lanier with his wife, two little girls, and their golden retriever, Salsa.  Dr. Kindregan is excited to begin his career serving his neighbors of Forsyth County!

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Patrick Kindregan and find out why we are so excited to have him on the Morrow Family Medicine team.
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