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Saint Thomas Health offers tips for a safe summer

Young children need constant supervision outdoors, but coupled with summer parties, barbecues and swimming pools, the need for supervision greatly increases. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries every year. In addition, more than one in five fatal drowning victims is under the age of 14. 

Saint Thomas Health wants to remind parents to keep a close eye on their children to prevent a multitude of summertime incidents. 

Make sure that both the playground equipment and the surface below the equipment are adequately maintained. Many injuries occur because equipment is damaged or because children fall onto a surface that is too hard or insufficiently padded. 

While it is difficult to monitor a child on a busy playground, doing so could prevent one of the thousands of severe fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations and amputations that occur each year. 

Children spend as much of their summer vacation in the pool as on the playground, if not more.  Family time spent at the pool or lake is an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors, but often parents are too confident in their child’s ability to swim.  

Swimming is an invigorating activity that can become tiresome very quickly. For that reason, it’s important to remember that children shouldn’t be left unattended in or around a body of water. 

Parents may choose to take a water safety course and be certified in CPR, especially if they plan on spending time around the pool this summer. For every child who dies from drowning, another four receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Knowing the proper protocols for water rescue is imperative. 

Whether on land or in the water, Saint Thomas Health encourages all parents to monitor their children closely to ensure that their summer fun stays safe. 

Don’t have a primary care physician? Call 1-800-Doctors for a free physician referral. Visit www.sths.com for more information.

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