For kids, summer brings warm weather and opportunity for rigorous play. At the same time, it also increases the risk of injury, as children become more active in sports and outdoor recreation. Recently, physicians at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH published a report outlining the most common summer injuries that affect children. Before your kids enjoy another day of summer play, learn how to protect them from harm.
Guard against falls. According to experts, the vast majority of falls happen on the playground. To reduce the risk of injury, look for parks that have a shredded-tire surface or mulch that will cushion against harsh impact.
Protect against burns. Most commonly, younger children suffer burns as a result of hot water or food. On the other hand, older children face risks associated with fireworks and campfires. To lessen the chances of a serious burn, make sure your kids are supervised near dangerous items.
Reduce the risk of drowning. Each year, thousands of kids die as a result of drowning. You can drastically reduce the risk of drowning by practicing “touch supervision,” which means you’re always within reach of your child. Also, consider getting certified in CPR and make sure your child always where’s an approved flotation device.
Be wary of motorized vehicles. Golf carts, cars, scooters and all-terrain vehicles carry serious injury risks. If your child will be riding in one of these, make sure they are supervised and wearing appropriate safety equipment.
Guard against bicycle injuries. Helmets are a good way to protect against serious falls stemming from bicycle accidents; however, they aren’t enough to keep a child safe. Be sure to educate your child about the proper ways to signal a turn and cross a street. You should also make sure the seat and handlebars are properly sized for your child’s unique needs.
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