How your family can get the most out of springtime

by | Apr 25, 2024 | Health and Wellness

For many of us, spring is a wonderful time of the year. The days are getting longer, the weather is nicer, and there are more opportunities to socialize outdoors with friends and neighbours than there are in the coldest months of winter.

Dress for success
As much as kids might be eager to shed their coats, hats, and mitts, you want to make sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather. At this time of year, that means lightweight layers that can be shed as the day warms up. Swap out the toques for summer hats to keep the sun off their heads. And liberally apply sunblock to exposed skin.

Plan ahead
As exciting as spontaneity can be, it can also lead to disappointment if events are sold out or the destination you are headed to hasn’t yet opened for the season. Call or check online for popular locations to see if you need to book in advance. Scan your community newspaper and localized social media feeds for upcoming family-friendly events in the area.

Get vaccinated
After the pandemic, we’re probably all feeling a little bit of vaccine fatigue. But vaccines are proven health-care tools that save countless people from getting seriously ill each year. They’re even more important for young children whose immune systems aren’t fully developed. Keeping your kids up to date with the provincial vaccine schedule is an important step in protecting them.

Don’t defer treatment
While the kids are out enjoying the springtime weather, they may pick up some bumps, bruises, and other injuries. There are now 19 minor illnesses you can have diagnosed and treated at your local pharmacy. These include pink eye, allergies, tick bites, and sprains and strains. So, if your child – or anyone in the family – gets sick, you can get help from your pharmacist.

Learn more about what minor illnesses you can get treatment for at pharmacies at rexall.ca/prescribing

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