Dress children in safe play clothes. Avoid scarves, hood drawstrings and necklaces that can get caught on play equipment causing major injuries.
Never dive head first into water that is not at least 12 feet deep. Unfortunately some people do not follow this advice because they think head first diving is fun. Some end up breaking their neck and become paralyzed. Don’t let this happen to your children.
70% of sore throat patients receive antibiotics when actually 20% really have bacteria caused strep throat. Make sure your doctor tests to confirm strep before your children start taking antibiotics for a sore throat.
No matter how old your trick or treater, plan the route in advance and go over safety precautions.
When driving children for a long family trip, often kids need items to keep them occupied. Be aware that loose items in the car can be thrown or become missiles in the event of a crash or sudden stop. Make sure loose items including DVD players, laptops, purses, CD’s, gifts, etc. are secured in either the trunk, console area, or under a cargo net. Only provide children with soft toys and games to play in the car.
Tomorrow we will cover how to not get distracted while driving children.
Here are some ways for children to prevent water tubing injuries:
- Wear a personal floatation device (PFD). If a water tubing accident happens, a life vest may prevent drowning.
- Have a spotter, whose only job is to keep an eye on those who are tubing. The spotter should tell the driver of any issues, such as falling off the tube or rider requests to slow down.
- Check the tow rope before starting. The tow rope should be free of slack and should not be tangled with any objects. The tube can flip leading to accidents
If your child goes tubing, there are certain precautions the adult boat driver should take. Adults should be alert to how wide the tube is swinging out from the wake. Look for possible obstacles for collisions. Boat drivers should slow down when towing tubes. Children riding in tubes can’t make changes in direction and when towed at higher speeds, the tube tends to whip wide outside the boat’s wake.
Tomorrow we will look at how kids can protect themselves while tubing.
Nearly half of all injuries to children in boating accidents come from towed tubes also known as tubing. When these injuries occur, they tend to be severe. Injuries to children in tubing accidents came from impact with objects, the tow rope or the propeller.
How can your children go tubing without major injuries? Come back tomorrow.
Helmets prevent 85% of head injuries. Have your child wear a helmet any time they are on wheels. This is true whether it is a bike, scooter, roller skates, inline skates or skateboard.
Concussions are caused by a bump to the head. Even a mild bump to the head can be serious. Signs of concussions can show up right after the injury or may not appear until days or weeks later. If your child reports the symptoms of a concussion, seek medical attention right away.
The following are concussion signs you should look for if your child suffers a blow to the head during a sports activity:
Appears dazed or stunned
Is confused about their assignment or position
Forgets an instruction
Is unaware of the game, score, or opponent
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness (even briefly)
Shows behavior or personality changes
Can not recall events prior to the bump
Can not recall events after the bump