Summer vacation is the first sea holiday that comes to mind. The indispensable elements of sea holiday are sea-pool, sand, and sun.
Marine pollution and harmful rays of the sun can sometimes cause some diseases in children. However, benefits cannot be denied.
Medical Park Göztepe Hospital Complex Child Health and Disease Specialist Dr. Ipek Akman gave information about the positive effects of sea and sun on children’s health.
In the past, when the summer holidays were planned as sea, sun, sand, vineyard, play, the number of children who are now able to benefit from the sea and the sun began to decrease. The most basic reasons for this are the economic burden of the holiday and the children of working parents spend time with television and computer.
Professor Dr. Ipek Akman noted that children who spend a lot of time on smartphones, tablets, and computers are short-lived as they gain weight quickly while staying immobile. Professor Dr. Akman explained the positive effects of sun and sea on children as follows:
Natural Vitamin D: Sun
The sun has many benefits for children. When the sun touches the body, it activates the cholecalciferol that forms the basis of vitamin D in the subcutaneous fat.
Cholecalciferol is converted to vitamin D after various enzymatic processes. Vitamin D stimulates calcium absorption from the kidneys and intestines, and calcium is more involved in bones.
In addition, when the growth hormone released during sleep comes into play, the growth we are expecting in our children is the most beautiful form. Therefore, the motto of “food, sun, sleep” should be explained with this information, be reminded, encouraged to play a lot of games and move.
Happiness comes from the sun
Another benefit of the sun’s rays is that it accelerates the production of hormones that raise morale in the brain and called serotonin and affects human psychology positively. The sun’s rays have an effect on sleep quality.
When your eyes are exposed to sunlight, a message is sent to the brain. This message increases the secretion of brain melatonin. Melatonin is also a sleeping hormone. It allows you to sleep longer and get better quality sleep.
Play on the beach for healthy playgrounds
Parents who spend their time at sea spend their time with children playing games on the beach. For young children who can not constantly swim in the sea, the beaches are ideal healthy playgrounds.
Besides the benefits of the sun, sea sand also has positive effects on children. Wandering in wet sea-sand increases blood flow by expanding blood vessels and pumping blood upward. There is a therapeutic effect of arthritis and rheumatism in adults.
Sea against ceiling
The most effective feature of sea water; wounds, traces of allergic reactions, especially fever and irritation in infants using diapers. Seawater also improves the diseases caused by skin disorders.
For skin diseases such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and rosacea, there is a great advantage of sea water. In addition, saline water helps to clear sinuses, helping to improve nasal congestion.
Start all muscles
Children should be encouraged to play at the seaside while swimming at the same time. Because swimming makes all the muscles of children move in harmony, it plays the arms and chest muscles.
The movement of the muscles of the children in the age of development provides an important contribution to both their development and strength and fitness for children. The ability to swim is effective in the development of the child.
Watch out for the sun!
Sunstroke usually occurs in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and the body’s heat-regulating system becomes unable to function. The body can not lose enough heat to return to its normal temperature and can reach very high levels at which point the body temperature organs can be destroyed.
Temperatures below 40 degrees may be dangerous for children, elderly people and patients because they are more vulnerable. Dressing thick, eating a lot of food triggers a solar crash.
In the event of a sun hit, remove the patient’s clothes and place the patient in a cold water bath. If this is not possible, wrap your body in a wet bedclothes or towel, and rub your arms and legs with ice cubes. Take it to a cold room and give it a sip of water in the conscious place. If the patient does not have fever, take him to the hospital.
Indications of solar impact:
- Hot and dry skin
- inability to sweat
- The skin first flushes and then gets a pale and purplish color.
- Breathing faster than normal
- Rapid pulse
- Body temperature quickly rising to 40 degrees and above
- Muscle cramps
- Opened eyeballs
- Inconsistent speech, lack of awareness of the environment, confusion, aggressive speech or behavior, agitation, and hallucinations
- The state of drowsiness or dizziness
- Loss of consciousness