Preventing Injuries in Children and Teenagers

Thursday, December 06, 2012

An injury to a child can turn a parents world upside down. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses the most common causes of injuries to school-age children and teenagers and what you can do to prevent them.

Dr. Hill:

The most common causes of injuries among school-age children and teenagers are car crashes, bicycle crashes and fires.

The best way to prevent injuries in the event of a car crash is to always make sure your child wears a seat belt. Children who weigh between 40 and 80 pounds should ride in booster seats and wear lap and shoulder belts.

If you have a teenager who drives, set safety rules, especially in the first year. Driving at night and driving with other teenagers in the car are especially risky.

When riding a bicycle, children should always wear a helmet. Do not let young children ride a bicycle in the street.

If you have a young child, teach him or her to always stop at the curb and to never cross the street without an adult.

Keep a smoke alarm in your home and change the batteries twice a year. Keep all matches and cigarette lighters out of reach and out of sight of children.

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