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Surviving the Elements This Summer!

Summer can be a lot of fun, but you're often out in elements you're not used to. With those annual camping trips come bug bites, altercations with poison ivy and even sunburn! So how do you treat these pesky summertime ailments? Check out these great home remedies that will have you back out in the wilderness in no time!

How to Treat Bug Bites

Depending on whether you're allergic to bug bites or not will determine how irritating they will be. Mosquito bites can range from mildly annoying to extremely itchy and swollen. If your bug bites are driving you to scratch off your skin, you might want to consider applying a topical remedy like calamine lotion or a baking soda/water paste. Both will help to draw the itch out and make things a little more bearable. If those aren't remedy enough, ask the 'rents to grab you an antihistamine from the drug store like Benadryl.

How to Treat Bee Stings

If you're ever been stung by a bee, alert an adult right away! Many people are extremely allergic to bee stings and if you've never been stung before, you don't know how your body may react. In some cases, you may need to go to the hospital to be treated.

If you know that you're not allergic, start by removing the stinger. It will appear black and can usually be removed by scraping at the sting. Next, you'll want to apply something to soothe the itching and burning. If your mom has some meat tenderizer in the kitchen, get her to mix one part of that to four parts water and then apply to the sting. Don't leave this on longer than 30 minutes. If there's no meat tenderizer around, whip up a baking soda/water paste and apply that. If the pain is quite bad, you may need to take some kind of pain killer - but make sure you talk to the 'rents about it first.

How to Treat Sun Burn

Despite warnings to always apply sunscreen before leaving the house, we've all managed to get a sun burn at some point. So, once the damage is done, how do you soothe the pain? Some great natural remedies for sun burn include aloe vera (either juice from the plant or store bought products that contain aloe), a baking soda bath or applying a cold facecloth to your skin. Avoid using any greasy lotions or ointments on your burn because they will only irritate your skin more!

How to Treat Poison Ivy

So you're chillin' at camp when your bunk mate pushes you into a bunch of bushes. Suddenly you're covered in a crazy-itchy rash! Looks like you've got a case of poison ivy or poison oak. This can be a tricky summer ailment to treat, but the key is to soothe your skin as much as possible. Cold compresses, cool, oatmeal baths and calamine are all good remedies. You may also wanna hit the infirmary tent at camp for a little extra attention from the camp nurse!

How to Treat Heat Rash

Heat rash occurs when the weather is hot and humid. A red rash will break out on various parts of the body where there is friction - either from clothing or just body parts rubbing together. To prevent heat rash, be sure to wear loose, cotton clothing and take lots of cool showers or baths. If you already have a heat rash, apply cold facecloths to the affected area and avoid applying lotions or creams cuz they will only make things worse!

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Worst Summertime Ailment?

  • Bug Bite.
  • Bee Sting.
  • Poison Ivy.
  • Sunburn.

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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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drowning
You go out and you find someone who you can be you with. It's not a hard question to find the answer too.
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