2019 Spring/Summer Update
Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention
Swimming pools can have a powerful pull on little children—even when it's not swimming time. Drowning is the number 1 cause of death for children ages 1-4 and most drownings in kids 4 and under happen in home swimming pools. Most children drown when they wander out of the house and fall into a swimming pool that was not fenced off from the house. They can slip out a door, climb out a window, or even crawl through a doggy door to access the pool. This is why fences are the most effective, proven way to prevent drowning of young children. Click here for details about proper fencing.
Swim lessons are another way to help prevent drowing. The AAP recommends swim lessons as a layer of protection against drowning that can begin for many children starting at age 1. More details about the right age to start can be found here.
Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment; close supervision by a responsible adult is the best way to prevent drowning in children. Designate a “water watcher” who is not distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol to watch children in and near the water. Whenever inexperienced swimmers are in or around water, an adult – preferably one who knows how to swim and perform CPR – should be within arm's length, providing "touch supervision.”
The trees are budding, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the grass is getting greener, all signs that if you have seasonal allergies or hay fever, you’re likely beginning to suffer from itchy, watery eyes and nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion. With all the rain and snow we’ve had over the past few months, this promises to be a severe allergy season! Here is a useful link on the management of seasonal allergies. If over the counter medications are not effective at relieving your child’s symptoms, or if you’re not certain whether allergy is the cause of those symptoms, please contact our office to make an appointment for your child.
With the onset of warmer weather comes an increased risk of contracting Lyme Disease, a tick-borne illness prevalent in southeast Pennsylvania. Be sure to check your children for ticks at least every 48 hours. Lyme-carrying ticks are quite small, so check the skin carefully! A comprehensive review and discussion of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme Disease can be found at the CDC’s website.
Sun Safety Tips
Now that the warm weather months are here, exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun poses year-round problems for both children and adults. UV exposure can damage the skin resulting in premature aging, wrinkles, and worst of all, skin cancer (melanoma). Here are some tips for taking common sense precautions on avoiding the dangers of sun exposure:
Backyard Safety Tips
During the spring and summer months, our children will be spending much of their time outdoors. Backyard safety for children begins with age-appropriate supervision. Be aware of certain backyard hazards that can impact your child’s safety:
Bicycle Safety Tips
Bicycle injuries are responsible for more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except motor vehicles. Riding without a helmet is mainly responsible for the severity of bike injuries, and consistently wearing an approved helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%! The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the following bicycle safety recommendations:
For more information, please visit the bicycle safety page of the CDC.
Skateboarding and Scooter Safety
As skateboarders and scooter riders take to the streets and sidewalks this summer, the risk of serous injuries related to these activities increases, especially to children and adolescents. Here are some tips to help protect your children this summer from injury:
Spring and summer are the time of year when we see an increase in the number of traumatic injuries. Please check our website for the latest First Aid tips.
With all spring sports starting, beware of concussion precautions:
Updated June, 2019