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Kids Summer Safety

Summer is a great time for children to enjoy playing out of doors, but precautions should be taken so some serious injuries don’t occur.

About 14 million children suffer injuries each year that require medical treatment.  Many of the injuries can be prevented if parents are careful and plan ahead.  Dr. Myto Duong, assistant professor of emergency medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, explains the injuries most prevalent in hospital emergency rooms.

SOUND BITE:   “We see a wide variety of complaints for kids in the summer time.  They can range from very minor issues such as heat related injuries, sunburns, rashes to more serious issues like fractures, cuts, lacerations from falls usually.” 

Dr. Duong says other injuries are from swimming, bicycle and ATV accidents as well as from dehydration, sunburn and heat exhaustion.  She offers suggestions to prevent these types of injuries.

SOUND BITE:   “ . . . to prevent sunburn, I would encourage using plenty of sun screen.  In terms of hydration, they do need to drink more than what they normally would, and so I do suggest to them to drink before they go outside to play, while they are playing at least every 20 minutes drinking about five ounces, and then after they’re done to drink a lot more, about 20 to 25 ounces . . . ”

Dr. Duong enourages parents to be vigilant in watching their children on the playground and around swimming pools.  If a child is injured they should be taken to their primary care physician or hospital emergency department as quickly as possible.

This is Ruth Slottag at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.