Don’t be so quick to pull your kids out of the water just because the temperature has fallen outside. “I’m a big proponent of year-round swimming, at least until it becomes like riding a bike,” says Coach Ruthie Zarren, a certified swim instructor, water safety educator, and owner of Little Fishes Swim School. “Being in the water and swimming safely should be second nature for every child,” she says.
Alarmed by that angry red rash splashed across your child’s body? Rashes run the spectrum, signalling anything from a mild viral infection to a chronic or even life-threatening illness. Since the list of rashes and their causes is extensive, you may wonder what’s what and when to call the doctor.
Getting outdoors, enjoying the fresh air, and taking time to play; these things are crucial to maintaining your child’s overall health, including their eyes. When looking at close-up objects, such as a screen, tablet, or phone, eyes contract and converge. This causes the eye muscles to work harder, and then experience digital eye strain. But taking the time to play outdoors allows the eye muscles to focus on things farther away, relax, and rest. In fact, recent research shows for every one additional hour children spend outside, their odds of developing myopia (nearsightedness) goes down by about 14 percent.
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