Encouraging your kids to participate in sports and physical activities is beneficial to their health, but injuries can occur during playtime. While children are growing, their bodies are more susceptible to injury, and kids are not always as careful as they should be when participating in risky activities. Here are a few of the most common injuries that you may encounter:
- Broken bones: Falling down is usually the cause for broken bones, and these injuries are most often seen in the upper extremities. This is because when someone falls, it is instinctive to stretch the arms out in an attempt to stop the fall. When the injury occurs, you should seek medical attention immediately so that the fracture can be accurately diagnosed and treated.
- Sprains and strains: An overextension of a particular joint or repetitive motion that encourages overuse a certain set of muscles can lead to injuries of the soft tissues called sprains and strains. The treatment for such injuries involves rest and management of inflammation, but it is still important to see a doctor so that long-term damage does not result from the initial injury.
- Dehydration: Kids can easily forget to take breaks for water while participating in physical activity, and dehydration can quickly set in. Be sure that your child has plenty of water before, during, and after any type of exercise so that heat exhaustion and dehydration are not a risk.
- Cuts and scrapes: When the skin is broken, proper first aid is of great importance to prevent infection. Minor cuts and scrapes can be treated at home, but larger lacerations may require stitches. No matter the severity of the injury, immediate attention should be dedicated to stopping the bleeding and dressing the wound.
If your child has sustained an injury like those listed above, contact Dr. Nan Nuessle at (620) 330-8188. Our clinic offers a full range of pediatric services to help your child stay healthy from infancy to age 18.