The Doctors: Zoku Quick Pop Maker & Dehydration Symptoms
Whether you’re doing Alison Sweeney’s Outdoor Workout or taking great care of your skin with The Organic Pharmacy, summer means spending a lot of time outdoors. It’s important to remember to take special care of your kids in the summer sun as well. Learn about dehydration warning signs, get a Fun & Fruity Popsicle Recipe and check out a Zoku Quick Pop Maker review.
The Drs: Kids Summer Health Risks
Pediatrician Dr Jim Sears had some reminders for parents about the special health risks facing kids when the temperature rises, whether you’re spending a day in the park or attending a backyard barbecue.
Sparklers & Fireworks Temperature
Sparklers can get as hot as 1800 F, which is 700 F hotter than the temperature that melts steel. This can cause third degree burns to your kid.
DEET Insect Repellent
Keeping bugs away may seem like a no-brainer. Bug Repellent with DEET is strong, but it can be dangerous for kids in concentrations above 30%. Natural alternatives include Eucalyptus, Geranium Oil, and Lemon Oil.
Insect Bites & Scarring
Calamine Lotion and anti-itch creams can sooth the skin, but they could also leave scarring behind if your child is a scratcher.
Don’t let the thermometer fool you. If your child’s favorite playground equipment is sitting in the sun all day, it can reach temperatures of up to 160 F. Don’t forget to test out those slides and play equipment before letting your kid go wild.
Dehydration is a summer risk for everyone, especially kids. They will play harder and sweat less when it’s hot out. Be sure to have them drink lots of water, and let them eat Celery or Watermelon, which have high water content.
The Doctors: Dehydration Warning Signs
Dehydration can affect kids and adults. But there are warning signs you can watch out for to catch it early and hopefully prevent it.
- Dry Mouth
- Infrequent Urination
- Parched Lips
- Skin Tenting
When you pinch the skin, it should snap right back. But if it is slow to get back in place, that’s a sign of advancing dehydration and you should seek medical advice.
The Drs: Severe Dehydration
Dehydration affects blood volume and can lead to serious consequences. Some of the symptoms in extreme cases include:
- Low Blood Pressure
- Rapid Heartbeat & Breathing
- Loss of Consciousness
Don’t hesitate to intervene, because this is a medical emergency. Young children or the elderly are especially at risk. Dr Lisa Masterson warned that pregnant women should also be sure to stay hydrated to prevent complications.
The Doctors: Fun & Fruity Popsicle Recipe
Popsicles are a fun, easy way to stay hydrated in the summer. Dr Jim Sears made his own fruity, kid friendly popsicles.
- 1/2 lb. Strawberries (or favorite berry), cleaned and sliced
- Equal Parts:
- Orange Juice
- Agave Nectar, to taste (optional)
- Combine strawberries, water, and agave in a blender.
- Place sticks in pop molds.
- Pour 1/2 the strawberry mix into a popsicle mold.
- Freeze until solid.
- Add a layer of Orange Juice. Freeze until solid.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 with remaining strawberry mix.
Zoku Quick Pop Maker Review
Dr Sears said he used the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, and The Doctors team approved of the sweet summer treat. The audience got their own Zoku Quick Pop Makers to try out at home.