July 23, 2012

Maury Regional offers tips on child safety

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Summer is the season for fun in the sun, especially for kids, but it also means more opportunities for accidents, heat-related illness and nasty bug bites. Maury Regional Medical Center has some tips for parents to help make summer a lot more fun and a lot less dangerous.

  • Never leave children alone near water, even for a few seconds. Be sure pools are fenced in and wading pools are emptied when playtime is over.
  • Always have an adult supervise young swimmers. Be sure that adult knows how to swim, how to get emergency help and can perform CPR.
  • Keep rescue equipment (such as a life preserver or shepherd’s hook) and a phone near the pool.
  • Be sure kids wear a properly fitted helmet when riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or while rollerblading.
  • Limit sun exposure for kids and infants and be sure to apply sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Reapply every two hours or after swimming. Sunglasses will help protect children’s eyes from harmful sun rays.
  • Be sure children drink plenty of liquids. Don’t wait until they are thirsty.
  • Use extra caution with outdoor grills when children are present. Be sure they remain a safe distance from grills, barbecue pits and campfires.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a car. Remember the temperature inside a car can get dangerously hot very quickly, even in moderate weather with windows slightly down.
  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on a child. These will attract insects.
  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate. If a child is stung, never squeeze the area or use tweezers. This may push more venom into the skin. Instead, remove the stinger by scraping a credit card over the area and then wash the area with soap and water.
  • Learn how to identify poisonous plants. Teach kids the saying “leaves of three, let it be.” Poison oak and ivy usually are clustered in leaves of three.
  • Consult your pediatrician or local health, fire or police departments to learn more safety tips.