Children's Summer Safety

Monday, July 22, 2013

Injuries are the leading cause of death in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one child dies every hour from an injury. Summer presents a host of potential dangers for children. Dr. Edward Hill explains some of the dangers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Summer is a fun time for kids and families, and everyone spends more time outdoors in warm weather.

While it is important to encourage healthy physical activity such as swimming and other exercise, parents need to know how to keep their children safe. Here are some potential hazards and steps to take to avoid injury.

Trampolines: Injuries like broken bones, concussions and sprains are common. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that trampolines never be used at home, in routine gym classes or on playgrounds.

Drowning: Drowning is the leading cause of death from injury for children 1 to 4 years old. Everyone should know the basics of floating and moving in the water. Children should always be closely supervised, even if they know how to swim.

Burns: Summer brings the risk of burns from outdoor grills or campfires. Plan your grilling area so that no one is likely to run or play near the grill.

Lawn mower injuries: Children should never play near a lawn mower while it is in use.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.