Washington Child Accidents And Injuries Skyrocket During Summer Months
School’s out for summer – but what does that mean for Washington kids and safety? While it might mean no more pencils and no more books, it also means more trips to the ER, more serious injuries, and perhaps a cast or two. Because kids are not in school during the summer months and instead often active outside and in the water, summer falls, summer head injuries, and summer sports injuries are all too common in Seattle, King County, and the surrounding areas. What should Washington parents be wary about this summer?
• Beware heat exhaustion and serious sunburns. Young children can experience serious sunburns, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion even in Washington’s usually overcast weather. Make sure that all children, and especially babies, have sun block and protective clothing – and that sun block is reapplied every few hours. Also be sure to watch for dehydration in hot weather and keep cold drinks handy. • Take pool safety seriously. It only takes a child a few short minutes to get into serious trouble in a pool – and even with multiple adults watching children, you must be vigilant. Keep your eyes on your children at all times and understand that floating and other floating water toys are not surefire protection from drowning or other pool injuries. • Summer sports could mean summer sports injuries. Just because your children might be playing unofficial games in the local sandlot doesn’t mean they shouldn’t wear protective gear like helmets, shin guards, or wrist guards. Maybe the cool kids don’t take safety seriously, but no one wants to spend all summer in a cast or in the hospital. • Take head injuries seriously. A summer of playing, biking, swimming, and sports could end in a bump on the head. While some knocks to the noggin are simply part of life, others could lead to internal bleeding and swelling that should be treated immediately. If your child suffers from a concussion, be sure to visit your doctor.