Keep Your Family Safe This Summer With These Water Safety Tips

Now that the temperatures are heating up, you and your family will be looking for ways to cool down.

Cleveland has many options for beating the heat in the summer, including:

  • Boating on the lake
  • Visiting beaches on Lake Erie
  • Swimming in public and private pools 
  • Enjoying time at water parks   

Swimming is a great active family activity, but it’s important to remember these water safety tips whenever you are in or around water. 

We summarized the most helpful information shared by the Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the lists below. 

For additional references and resources on water safety, see our resources list at the end of this post. 

Important Water Safety Tips

Prevent Unsupervised Access to Pools & Hot Tubs

  • Install appropriate barriers around your home pool or hot tub and remove access ladders to above ground pools when not in use.
  • Add safety covers and pool alarms for extra protection.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool. 

Swim Safely

  • Use the buddy system! Never swim alone. Even at a public pool or lifeguarded beach.
  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Make sure everyone in the family can swim well. Sign your kids up for swimming lessons once they are old enough. Cleveland Metroparks and the YMCA are two programs places that offer swimming lessons. 
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you are swimming or watching children in the water.
  • Watch out for rip currents. A rip current is when the water pulls you away from the shore. If you get caught in a rip current, swim along the shoreline until you are out of the current, then swim to shore. 

Foods and Exercises That Fight Arthritis Pain

You know that eating right and getting exercise are part of a healthy routine. 

But did you know that specific foods and exercises may help relieve some of your arthritis pain and swelling? 

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Foods That Fight Inflammation

No one food can relieve arthritis, but eating—or avoiding—certain foods can help combat inflammation throughout the body. 

What to Eat

  • Omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish, such as salmon and tuna
  • Beans
  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Canola and olive oil
  • Green tea
  • Margarine and butter

What to Limit

  • Omega-6 fatty acids from egg yolks and red meat
  • French fries and other fried foods
  • Packaged cookies, crackers, baked goods, and other processed, sugary foods
  • Fruit juice

In combination with these dietary considerations, staying active is one of the best things you can do for your body. 


June is National Safety Month: Bicycle Safety Tips for Kids & Parents

Since June is National Safety Month, we decided to focus on an area you can improve right now: bicycle safety

Whether it’s you or your child hitting the streets on two wheels this summer, keep these bicycle safety tips in mind. 

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Before Riding

  • Check your equipment. 
    • Make sure your brakes work and your tires are inflated properly.
  • Adjust your bicycle to fit. 
    • If you stand over your bicycle there should be 1-2 inches between you and the top bar (road bike) or 3-4 inches (mountain bike). 
    • The seat should be level front to back and the height should allow a slight bend of the knee when the leg is fully extended. 
    • The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat. 
  • Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.

Are your kids reluctant to wear their helmet?

Boston University made a great video that is entertaining and shares useful information. 

Warning: The song may get stuck in your head…[Video 1:34]

Rules of the Road


Meet Allergist/Immunologist Dr. Nancy Wasserbauer, DO

Meet Allergist/Immunologist Dr. Nancy Wasserbauer. She sees pediatric and adult allergy patients at Westshore Primary Care's Westlake Ohio location.If you suffer from severe grass and ragweed allergies, you’ll want to meet our board-certified allergist/immunologist, Nancy Wasserbauer, DO. She offers promising new treatment options to her allergy patients who suffer sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. 

An Alternative to Allergy Shots: Prescription Allergy Tablets

The latest advance in allergy relief are prescription tablets that are placed under the tongue and can be taken at home. Recently approved by the FDA, the tablets will provide an alternative to allergy shots for many patients. 

 “Many people with untreated allergic symptoms don’t know how much better they can feel once their symptoms are properly diagnosed and managed,” says Dr. Wasserbauer. 

What is Immunotherapy?

Seasonal Allergy Relief: Do You Know About The Treatment Options?

Updated May 2017

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Seasonal Allergies & Symptoms

Dealing with allergy symptoms?  Read below as we discuss the specific allergy seasons, symptoms, testing options and possible treatments.

What are the allergy seasons?

  • End of Feb-May: Tree pollen
  • May-July: Grass pollen
  • Late July-early August (until the first frost): Ragweed pollens

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include 

  • Itchy and watery eyes and nose
  • Sneezing and nasal congestion
  • Itching in the mouth, ears, and skin 
  • Hives and flares of eczema (patches of itching and irritated skin) 
  • Asthma symptoms 
  • Feeling tired, foggy and irritable 

Symptoms will flare with exposure to the allergen that you are sensitive to.

Allergy Testing & Treatment Options

Fever Advice: What to Do When Your Child Has a Fever

Do you know what you should do when your child has a fever?

We share tips on ways to lower your child’s temperature, medication amounts, and when to call a doctor.

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What temperature is considered a fever?

A fever is any temperature 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.

What should I do to treat my child’s fever? 

If your child is older than 6 months and has a fever, you do not need to treat it unless he/she is uncomfortable. 

If your child is drinking, eating, sleeping normally, and is able to play, you should wait to see if the fever improves by itself. 

To help lower your child’s temperature, you can 

  • Keep her room comfortably cool
  • Dress her in light clothing
  • Encourage her to drink fluids such as water, diluted juices, or a store-bought electrolyte solution

Call your child's doctor right away if your child has a fever and

  • Looks very ill, is unusually drowsy, is very fussy, or has a seizure.
  • Has other symptoms, such as a stiff neck, headache, sore throat, ear pain, an unexplained rash, or repeated vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Is younger than 3 months (12 weeks) and has a temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher.
  • Fever rises above 104°F (40°C) repeatedly for a child of any age.

How much medicine should I give my child for a fever? 

Use the following guide to give your child the correct dose of medicine.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin) are safe and effective medicines if used as directed for improving your child's comfort. If you have questions,or if your child is under 2 years of age, call your child’s doctor to ask about proper dosage. 

Important: DO NOT use aspirin to treat your child's fever. 

Aspirin has been linked with side effects such as an upset stomach, intestinal bleeding and, most seriously, Reye syndrome.

Children’s Motrin (IBUPROFEN) 100MG/5ML

12-17 Lbs.  GIVE 2.5 ML OR 1/2 TSP

18-23 Lbs. GIVE 4 ML OR 3/4 TSP

24-35 Lbs.  OR 2-3 yrs. GIVE 5 ML OR 1 TSP

36-47 Lbs.  OR 4-5 yrs. GIVE 7.5 ML OR 1 1/2 TSP

48-49 Lbs. OR 6-8 yrs. GIVE 10 ML OR 2 TSP

60-71 Lbs. OR 9-10 yrs. GIVE 12.5 ML OR 2 1/2 TSP

72-85 Lbs.  OR 11 yrs. GIVE 15 ML OR 3 TSP

Or view the full Children’s Motrin Dosing Chart or Infants’ Motrin Dosing Chart.

Children’s Tylenol (ACETAMINOPHEN) 160 MG/5ML

12-17 Lbs. GIVE 2.5 ML

18-23 Lbs. GIVE 3.75 ML

24-35 Lbs.  OR 2-3 yrs. GIVE 5ML OR 1TSP

36-47 Lbs.  OR 4-5 yrs. GIVE 7.5 ML OR 1 1/2 TSP

48-59 Lbs.  OR 6-8 yrs. GIVE 10 ML OR 2 TSP

60-71 Lbs.  OR 9-10 yrs. GIVE 12.5 ML OR 2 1/2 TSP

72-95 Lbs.  OR 11+ yrs. GIVE 15 ML OR 3 TSP

Or view the full Tylenol Dosage Chart for Infants and Children 

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DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

5 Steps to Easy, Gluten-Free Dining

Do you know what’s allowed and what’s not allowed when you're on a gluten-free diet? 

A gluten-free diet is the treatment for celiac disease. Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If you have celiac disease you probably have a general understanding of what’s OK to eat and what you should avoid. 

That is, until you go to a restaurant.  

Restaurants are getting better at offering gluten-free options (some even have gluten-free menus). But, if there isn't a specific menu, we wanted to share these tips to help make dining out gluten-free easier and less stressful. 

If you (or someone in your family) is just starting a gluten-free diet, it’s a good idea to consult a dietitian who can answer your questions and offer advice about how to avoid gluten while still eating a healthy, balanced diet. 

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5 Steps to Easy, Gluten-Free Dining 

Asthma Basics: What You Need to Know

Asthma Basics: What You Need to Know

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General Asthma information

  • The number of people with asthma continues to grow
  • One in 12 people (about 25 million, or 8% of the U.S. population) had asthma in 2009 compares with 1 in 14 (about 20 million or 7%) in 2001
  • More than half (59%) of children and one-third (33%) of adults who had an asthma attack missed school or work because of asthma in 2008
  • On average in 2008, children missed 4 days of school and adults missed 5 days of work because of asthma.
  • Asthma was linked to 3,447 deaths (about 9 per day) in 2007
What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways and lungs.  It causes inflammation of the airways that gets worse when you are exposed to certain things in the environment, also known as asthma triggers.

The symptoms of asthma may include:

  • Chronic coughing, especially at night
  • Shortness of breath with or without exercise
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing-a scratching or whistling sound that comes from deep in your chest when you breathe

Asthma flare-ups or “attacks” are often caused by exposure to allergens such as pet dander, dust mite, mold or pollen.

Non-allergic asthma triggers include illness, weather changes or extremes of temperature, pollutants or smoke exposure, stress or extremes of emotion.  Asthma symptoms may also be triggered by exercise.

Children & Asthma

Children with asthma may show the same signs of asthma as adults: coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.  In some, the only symptoms may be cough.

Take care about asthma rescue inhalers: Read Info

If you or your child has one or more of these common symptoms, make an appointment with an allergist/immunologist:

  • Coughing that is constant or that is made worse by viral infections, happens while you or your child is asleep, or is triggered by exercise or extreme weather changes
  • Recurrent wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Fatigue or the inability to keep up with peers in routine activities, play or sports
  • Problems sleeping due to coughing or difficulty breathing

Pay attention to patterns or symptoms. This will help your allergist/immunologist make the proper diagnosis. Consider if symptoms occur with exercise, early in the morning or at night, during certain seasons, with laughing or crying or with common allergic triggers.

How is asthma diagnosed?

In very young children, asthma diagnosis is based on a thorough medical and family history as well as physical exam.  In some children, allergy testing may be indicated if a specific trigger is suspected.

Children with a family history of asthma in their parents have a personal history of eczema or food allergy and who wheeze outside of colds have a greater likelihood of developing more persistent asthma.

In school aged children and adults, a breathing  test may be performed to see how well the lung work in addition to a thorough medical and family history as well as allergy testing if indicated.

How is asthma treated?

There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled.

Avoiding triggers that cause asthma is very important. Allergen desensitization via allergy shots may be an option for some. Your doctor will talk to you about controller and rescue medications if needed.

Every asthma patient needs to have an asthma action plan. This is a plan that outlines daily treatment and what to do in case asthma flares.

People with asthma are at risk of developing complications from respiratory infections such as influenza and pneumonia. That is why it is important to consider receiving vaccinations as recommended by your primary doctor and your allergist/immunologist.

Do you have more questions about asthma? 

For personalized information about an asthma diagnosis, you should talk to an allergist. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Asthma Resources

Asthma Overview, American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

Asthma Management, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI)

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

Get Moving for National Physical Fitness Month!

Are you getting enough physical activity? 

How about your family? Do you know the suggested daily amount of activity? 

If you’re an adult, you should be incorporating at least 30 minutes of physical activity into your daily routine.For children that time is doubled to 60 minutes. 

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Why is Being Active Important? 

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition shares that 

Regular physical activity can produce long-term benefits, such as helping 

  • Prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke
  • Control weight
  • Promote strong bone, muscle and joint development
  • Improve sleep 

When you’re not physically active, you are more at risk for

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease

But how do you squeeze that activity into an already packed schedule? 

We’ve gathered some tips for each group below to help you get moving for national physical fitness month. 


How to Eat Healthy When Pregnant

As a first-time mother, or during any pregnancy, it's important to eat healthy.

Good nutrition during pregnancy improves your chance of having a healthy baby, and may even reduce the risk of other conditions in your child later in life. 

We’ve collected a list of foods to eat-- and some to avoid-- when you are pregnant. At the end we’ve also included a few recipes that incorporate some of our suggested foods. Enjoy! 

If you have more specific questions about proper nutrition during your pregnancy, contact your physician.

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How to Eat Healthy When Pregnant

Eat foods packed with key vitamins & minerals.

Folic Acid, Omega-3 fatty acids

Vitamins A, B, C, E


Iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, calcium

Fruit & Veggies

Mangoes, Avocados, Broccoli, Carrots, Edamame, red pepper, spinach