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June 17, 2013

Summer a time for fun, but safety

Hospitals report more child injuries over summer months


”We never let them out of our sight,” she added. “The problem nowadays is that some people don’t watch their children as well as they should.”

Collins said parents really just need to provide appropriate places for children to play, such as the backyard rather than front sidewalk, and ensure their children are taking safety precautions, such as wearing helmets.

Last summer, Brinkman said, the ER staff saw an increase in patients from near-drowning incidents with kids wanting to stay cool in the hot, dry weather. It doesn’t take long for a child to slip under the water and go unconscious.

When “kids are in and around water trying to stay cool,” Collins said, they need to be supervised. He also suggested keeping pools covered or fenced.

At Riley, he said, they see cases ranging from severe sunburns that can be painful and damage the skin to lawnmower accidents that are “gruesome” and often result in the loss of limb.

Dr. Thomas Rouse, director of Riley’s Pediatric Trauma Center, said he’s seen kids fall off a parent’s lap on riding lawnmowers and get run over.

”Kids are quick,” he added. “They can be in the kitchen one minute and outside the next.”

And while Riley Hospital sees multiple children struck by vehicles riding their bicycles, ATV accidents “tend to be severe and serious,” Collins said.

”We see a lot of ATV accidents with devastating injuries that tend to be preventable,” he noted.

Children should only drive appropriate sized four-wheelers, wear helmets and be supervised when young, Collins added.

In just the first few days of June, there were two separate incidents involving children hurt on an ATV and a scooter in Madison County. In both cases, police said the parents would likely be cited.

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