Guard your kids with these 5 safety tips
12/31/2015 11:49 AM
As a pediatrician, I have seen many injuries in children that could have been prevented. As 2016 begins, follow these safety tips to help keep your kids safe year-round.
Injuries are very common on trampolines, which is why I recommend never acquiring one. If you insist on having a trampoline, follow these safety precautions:
· 1. Always have adult supervision
· 2. Only allow one child on the trampoline at a time
· 3. No turning flips
· 4. Make sure there is good padding on the edge of the trampoline and that it is in good shape
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
I’ve had multiple patients who have had life-threatening injuries on ATVs. Anyone under the age of 16 should not be driving an ATV, and everyone else should have appropriate training and wear proper safety gear.
Riding lawn mowers
More than 48,000 injuries and 25 deaths occur each year as a result of riding lawn mowers. Children under 16 probably should not be using one, and adults should also be cautious of kids and toddlers in the yard to avoid accidents.
Riding in the back of pickup trucks
Even if you’re on a secluded country road or have a camper topper, riding in the back of a truck isn’t safe. Passengers always need seat belts.
Bicycle helmets need to be the appropriate size and fit snugly with the chin strap tight. The helmet should not slide over the eyes or slip back over the top of the head. Don’t let your child go without a bike helmet occasionally, even if they’re just riding in the driveway. The best way to ensure your child always wears their bicycle helmet is to set a good example. If they fall and there’s a major bump, the helmet is probably damaged and should be replaced.
For more useful health tips from Central Texas Medical Center, visit their YouTube channel at YouTube.com/CTMCSanMarcos.
About the Author
Sue Ann Harrison, MD, is a pediatrician at Corridor Primary Care in San Marcos, Texas.