Keeping Kids Safe for Summer Fun

Prevention and supervision are key to help avoid ER visit

SWOYERSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- More than 25 million children end up in the emergency room each year including many because of summer injuries. Though parents may find that number frightening, there's a lot you can do to keep your kids out of the emergeny room. While you can't always prevent a medical emergency there are ways to reduce the risk.

Five-year-old Brynlee is learning to ride a bike. While it's a happy milestone for Elizabeth Manfre's daughter, the Swoyersville mother of two has some concerns. "Falling off their bikes. They need to wear their helmets."

Roughly 26,000 children suffer traumatic brain injuries from bike falls each year including many which happen in summer. "Some things aren't going to be prevented but I think the majority of accidents can be," said Geisinger Family Physician Anthony Wylie.

As someone who's often busy treating summertime injuries, Dr. Wylie says parents should focus on safety equipment whenever possible. "It's really looking at what is recommended for whatever activity you're doing."

Heat-related illnesses can also result in a sudden trip to urgent care. Keep kids hydrated.  Plain old water works best. Then there's sunburn concern. Mrs. Manfre said, "It's painful and it's dangerous to have it so I really don't want her to have it." While sunscreen is a must, it's even more important if your child is on antibiotics or certain other medication. "The way it reacts with your body can really increase your chances of sunburns to a much higher level," said Dr. Wylie.

Some kid safety concerns you might not even think about and they can be as close to you as your neighborhood tree. Ticks have migrated from rural areas to join mosquitoes as a summertime menace in the city. "Not around here. You wouldn't think it," said Wesley Manfre. Brynlee's dad avoids potentially dangerous chemical repellants on his children and instead uses something plant-based. "It's safer for the kids, their skin. They're going to be putting their fingers in their mouth, near their eyes and everything," he said.

Some other tips include covering up the kids when you can to prevent bug bites and sunburns. Also, always supervise kids in and around the water and make sure they never swim alone.

 

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