SUMMER HEALTH TIPS: SUN AND WATER SAFETY
School’s out! It’s time for parents and children to slow down a bit and take some
time out to enjoy all that the summer months have to offer. For many families, swimming
is at the top of the list of summertime fun. Before you pack up your sunscreen and
your inner tube, take a few minutes to read these safety tips.
Learn to Swim
The earlier you enroll your child in swimming lessons, the better, but there’s never
a bad time to learn to swim (in fact, if you don’t know how to swim, sign up for
your own lessons!). Teaching your children how to swim is the very best thing you
can do to keep them safe around water.
Look for the Lifeguards
The United States Lifesaving Association, a nonprofit group of beach lifeguards
and open water rescuers, has found the risk of drowning while swimming at a beach
that is not protected by lifeguards is almost 5 times greater than when swimming
at a beach that does have lifeguards. Choose swimming spots carefully, and never
leave young children unattended in the water, not even for a minute!
Use the Buddy System
This goes for grown-ups, too. Swimming with a buddy means that someone is always
watching out for you. Should you get into trouble, your buddy may help or be able
to signal for help from others.
Listen to the Lifeguards
They aren’t blowing their whistles or flying flags just for kicks. Lifeguards have
been specially trained to continually spot hazards that may harm swimmers.
Slather on Sunscreen
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even just a few serious
sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Your child’s
sunscreen should have a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 15 and should
provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays (broad-spectrum). Ideally, apply
sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Remember to cover ears, nose, lips,
and tips of feet, and be sure to reapply frequently throughout the day, especially
after swimming or exercising.
The hot summer sun can quickly lead to dehydration, so be sure all members of the
family are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, even if no one feels thirsty.
This is especially important for infants and children, who tend to dehydrate more
quickly because of their smaller body weights.
Wear a Life Jacket
People don’t expect to fall off boats, but it does happen. Keep a life jacket on
all family members. Depending on which state you live in, children may be required
to wear life jackets at all times when they are aboard watercraft.
Important Safety Information
Bromfed DM Cough Syrup is indicated for relief of cough and upper respiratory symptoms, including nasal
congestion, associated with allergy or the common cold
Bromfed DM Cough Syrup is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.
Bromfed DM Cough Syrup should not be used in newborns, in premature infants, in nursing mothers, or in
patients with severe hypertension or severe coronary artery disease. Bromfed DM Cough Syrup should
not be used in patients receiving monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. Antihistamines should not be used
to treat lower respiratory tract conditions including asthma
Especially in infants and small children, antihistamines in overdosage may cause hallucinations,
convulsions, and death. Antihistamines may diminish
mental alertness. In the young child, they may
The most frequent adverse reactions to Bromfed DM Cough Syrup are
sedation; dryness of mouth, nose,
and throat; thickening of bronchial
secretions; and dizziness
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To report suspected adverse reactions,
contact the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.