Spring Break can be a time for students and their families to kick back, relax and unwind at home or on vacation. Physicians with the Memorial Hermann Medical Group hope everyone will keep safety in mind when planning their Spring Break activities.
“The last thing you want to do is end up sick or injured over Spring Break,” says Dr. Sridevi Muppidi, a pediatrician working at the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Katy. “Part of having a good time is staying healthy.”
Dr. Muppidi offers these tips for a safe and healthy Spring Break:
- Stay hydrated. Many people spend more time outdoors while on Spring Break, whether it’s at the beach or participating in outdoor activities, like hiking or biking. Make sure you take water with you and consider the temperature outside. The hotter it is, the more water you’ll need to stay hydrated.
- Use sunscreen. More time outside means more time in the sun. Protect your skin by using sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 15. Also, make sure to apply sunscreen before you go outside.
- Be prepared for travel. If you’re traveling internationally, make sure you have the proper vaccinations and check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for any travel warnings. Also, take your insurance and prescription cards with you should you need health care during your trip.
- Consume alcohol responsibly. While this is good advice any time of the year, people may drink more than usual while on vacation. Of course, you should only be drinking alcohol if you are at least 21 years old. It’s always a good idea to alternate an alcoholic drink with a glass of water. Also, make sure someone is serving as a designated driver, or take alternate transportation like a taxi, should you plan to leave your location after drinking alcoholic beverages.
- Stop the spread of germs. Due to the large number of people on planes, buses and cruise ships, it’s easy to share a variety of illnesses while traveling. Make sure to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth if you cough. You may also want to carry a travel case of sanitizing wipes to disinfect surfaces that get touched by a variety of people.
“I also encourage parents to make sure kids are wearing helmets and other protective gear when they’re doing things like skateboarding or bicycling,” advises Dr. Muppidi. “It only takes a split second for a fall to occur.”
Should you need medical attention during Spring Break, Memorial Hermann offers a full range of healthcare services, from urgent care clinics to emergency care. To learn more about all of our emergency services, click here.
If you or a family member has a health concern and you’re not sure what to do, call our free 24/7 Nurse Health Line at 713.338.7979 or toll-free 1-855-577-7979.
For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.