Whether it’s the occasional scraped knee or a bump on the head, children always seem to get hurt during playtime, particularly during summer vacation. In fact, summer has the highest rate of child injuries requiring emergency care. Although it’s important to keep your children active and healthy, it’s also essential to prevent common injuries from sports and recreational activities. Protect your family with these summer safety tips from MountainView Hospital .
Swimming is arguably one of the most popular children’s activities during the summer, but it’s also a leading cause of child-related ER visits. Drowning can happen quickly and quietly, and permanent brain damage can occur in as little as four to six minutes underwater. Beware that smaller children can drown in as little as one inch of water, so be sure to eliminate unguarded water sources and to always have an adult on watch.
Whether your child is biking, skating, skateboarding, or participating in contact sports, it is essential to provide them with the appropriately rated safety gear. Don’t assume that a single football or skating helmet will provide suitable protection for every activity, as they often have different safety guidelines.
Older children are also at higher risk for serious injury during the summer . In fact, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages three to 14, and teenagers are the highest risk age group for fatal auto collisions. Make sure that your child is always wearing an appropriately sized child safety seat or booster seat and that your teenager is aware of safe driving techniques.
If and when you need reliable medical services, our team of specialists here at Mountain View Hospital is ready to prove high-quality and personalized emergency care year-round. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more child safety tips and general health advice, or contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 with any questions.