Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer 2020 will be a little different for both parents and children as they work to adjust to spending more time at home and limited outdoor recreational activities. However, it’s still important for parents to remain attentive about their children’s activities and distinctive needs during this season so they can have a healthy and safe summer. Following is information that will keep your child’s summer as carefree as possible.
- Food – The summer months are not the time to ease up on smart food choices. Most fruits and vegetables are in season and plentiful during the warmer months. In addition, as children’s diets allow, parents should include foods that are high in fiber and protein.
- Exercise – Kids need to stay active during the summer. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous in order to be beneficial. It can be as simple as turning up the radio and dancing, playing a game of tag, hide and seek, or taking a few laps in the pool. The idea is to keep your child moving.
- Dehydration – Strenuous activity during warmer weather makes it difficult for children’s bodies to regulate changes in body temperature. It’s imperative that children stay hydrated by consuming more water than other times of the year or drinking sports drinks with electrolytes. Parents should schedule outside activities during early morning hours, late afternoons, or early evenings in order to avoid the hottest part of the day.
- Sunburns – Serious sunburns can increase a child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Children should use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 each time they head outdoors. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, after swimming, sweating, or drying off with a towel. Children should also wear lightweight, loose clothing in light colors in breathable fabrics during the summer.
- Drowning – Never leave children unsupervised when they are near or in the water. Children should wear lifejackets or vests whenever they are near water and should learn how to swim as soon as they are physically able.
- Hot Cars – Of course, a child should never be left alone in a car, even for a few minutes. Temperatures in a car can go up extremely quickly. Before getting into a car, check seats and seat belts to assess the temperature. If the interior is too hot, let the car cool off before letting children inside.
- Summer First Aid Kit – Prepare a First Aid kit with essentials and keep it handy for emergencies with insect repellent, sun protection, water, icepack, an antibiotic cream and bandages.
At Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, we strive to provide comfort, hope, and the best possible care to our patients, as well as their family and friends. We accomplish our mission thanks to our expertly trained and experienced staff in advanced pediatric critical care medicine. Their skills allow us to care for the most critically ill patients across South Florida and have made us a premier provider.
We’re happy to announce the addition of Alceste Villasuso, ARNP, to the team. Alceste will continue pushing PCCSF’s mission forward. Read on to get to know her!
Alceste Villasuso attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion in 2011, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012. Thereafter, she went on to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, Alceste worked in South Florida as a registered nurse in pediatric critical care.
Alceste has a special interest in caring for critically ill children and is passionate about health education for her patients, families, and community. She is an active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as well as the Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami Dade Inc. When not at work, Alceste enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her family.
UAlbany Great Dane, Dr. Allan Greissman ’83, M.D., recently joined his alma mater for a live Facebook Q&A on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on children.
During the 30-minute live stream, Dr. Greissman provided viewers with an update on the COVID-19 cases locally in Broward County, the precautionary steps Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has put into action to prevent the spread of the virus within in the hospital, and how the hospital began preparing at the beginning of the outbreak in the event they receive pediatric COVID-19 patients. Dr. Greissman also answered live questions from viewers and enforced the importance of proper hand washing, avoiding touching your face, staying home and away from others, and getting the flu shot.
To watch the full video, click here.
We are pleased to announce that the PCCSF family continues to grow! Ryan Malossi, PA-C, and Dana March, ARNP, will help continue to serve our patients and families with comfort, hope, and the best possible care during difficult times with their expertise and commitment to patient care. Read on to get to know them!
Ryan Malossi, PA-C
Ryan Malossi, PA-C, received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Florida International University and went on to obtain a Master of Medical Sciences from Barry University in 2019.
He was born and raised in South Florida and he is passionate about giving back to his community. He has a special interest in caring for critically ill and post-operative pediatric patients, especially those with neurological conditions. Ryan is a board-certified Physician Assistant and a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Dana March, ARNP
Dana March obtained her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami. She started her nursing career in the PICU and on the Critical Care Transport Team at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. After working at Children’s Memorial for 10 years, she returned to school to earn a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois– Chicago.
Dana is a board-certified Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, she worked as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in a private practice and was also a medical consultant for an environmental science group. She is interested in applying research to practice and in preventative education.
In 2015 she relocated to Miami with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.
With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising across our country and locally here in South Florida, concern among the public is at an all-time high. Questions on how to stay safe, what are the symptoms, can you get the flu and COVID-19 are just some of the most frequently asked by people.
To answer these and many other questions about the virus, FOX News launched a live question and answer session where readers submitted more than 1,000 questions for medical professionals to answer and our Dr. Allan Greissman recently had the opportunity to answer some of them, as well as pediatric-focused questions about COVID-19. Read what he had to say here.