MOH News
Health Tips for Children during Summer Season
10 June 2014
Pediatric Specialist Dr. Faisal Al-Otaibi has reaffirmed the risks of children's exposure to direct sunlight which causes sun stroke, specially due to the fact that the skin of children is sensitive, dry and more vulnerable to skin diseases. 
He pointed out to the importance of using sunscreen more than once a day; advising parents not to expose children to the risk of crowdedness to reduce the transmission of diseases in the summer and also not to allow their children to  come out directly from cold to hot weather and vice versa, because it causes chest infections. 
This came during the visit of Dr. Al-Otaibi to the National Center for Media and Health Awareness in the context of the activities of the summer awareness campaign organized by the Ministry of Health (MOH), which is hosting a number of senior physicians and specialists via the center's toll free number: 8002494444 and the Ministry's Twitter account: @saudimoh, to answer the callers' inquiries and provide them with health advices about summer diseases and ways of prevention against them as well as the other diseases. He pointed that the main children diseases during summer are gastroenteritis, sun stroke, and allergic and chest infection.
Furthermore, Dr. Al-Otaibi advised parents to be careful especially during travelling and make sure their children's meals are clean and homemade, or otherwise select good restaurants and avoid fast foods. In addition, the parents were advised to teach their children how to wash their hands and faces several times a day, especially after playing outside the home and before starting eating. 
Meanwhile, the center will host tomorrow (Wednesday) Pharmacist Eiman Al-Dobasi, who will give advices about the AIDS medicines, from 10 am to 12 pm. On the same day from 01 pm to 03 pm, the center will host Consultant in Endocrinology and Diabetes Dr. Badi Al-Enzy who will answer callers' inquiries in this field, via the same abovementioned toll free number and Twitter account.  

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