Many Nebraska families will be packing a lot of fun into the final weeks of summer. Joan McVoy is the Public Education Coordinator with the Nebraska Regional Poison Center and urges everyone to program this number into their phone- 1-800-222-1222. McVoy says no matter where you are at in the county you will then be able to contact the Poison Center if there is an emergency.
McVoy has a few reminders as we wrap up the season. When it comes to insect repellents they recommend using products with DEET. It should be applied sparingly and only to exposed skin and clothing. Lower concentrations of less than 10% have been found to be just as effective as higher concentrations. McVoy says it is best not to put it on hands as kids can rub their faces or put fingers in their mouths and that may cause a reaction. She says check the label and don’t over-apply the repellent.
McVoy says there is also a concern about bee stings. Bee populations continue to increase through the first hard freeze. It is always a good idea to carefully monitor those stung for the first hour as that is when they likely will have a reaction. She says if you call the Poison Center they have some tips on what to watch for and will help you monitor the situation from home and that may save you a trip to the emergency room.
McVoy says this is also the time of year they receive a number of calls with children eating berries. Some may cause unpleasant symptoms. If you are not sure of what the child consumed call the poison center and they will help you identify the plant and if is poisonous.