Summer is a time meant to be enjoyed by old and young alike. However, parents should be aware of accidents that occur often during the warm-weather months and may ruin your child’s carefree summer. Consulting your pediatrician is an excellent course of action should injuries occur, but knowing how best to prevent them can make a considerable difference in safeguarding your child’s health.
If your child enjoys hanging off monkey bars, climbing trees, or running to the deep end of the pool for another cannonball jump, a fall due to any of these circumstances can result in broken bones and possible head injuries. Speak to your child ahead of time regarding what activities you will or will not allow. Pediatric physicians also recommend that you monitor your child on a consistent basis.
To reduce the chances of your child getting hurt from a bike accident, make sure he always wears the proper safety gear when on a bike. Pediatricians suggest investing in a quality helmet, as well as elbow, wrist, and kneepads for your child. Also, check your safety gear every year to assess whether it’s in adequate condition and still fits properly.
Flames and Fireworks
Pediatric physicians warn that grills, fire pits, and pyrotechnics all present the threat of a serious burn to kids. By talking to them about what they can or cannot play with, as well as the risks that come with heat and combustibles, the chances of your children getting burned can be significantly reduced.
During the summer, your child is likely to spend lots of time outdoors, where insects can be found in great numbers. An insect sting or bite is usually only mildly itchy and bothersome, but if your child has allergies, he may be at risk of anaphylactic shock. Always have a doctor-prescribed, non-expired EpiPen readily available.
Dr. Nan Nuessle, M.D. provides general pediatric care in the city of Independence, Kansas. To schedule an appointment, please call (620) 330-8188.