The Summertime Black & Blues: 5 Common Summer Childhood Injuries
The school year is over and kids all over the country are delighted to have extra time to run around, play, and have fun all day long. While summer fun is a big deal to kids, it’s up to adults to remember that if you’re not careful, it’s very easy for a day of fun to go horribly wrong. In fact, summer is often known as “trauma season” at many emergency rooms because of the increased number of traumatic injuries they see during that time of the year.
While adults certainly get their share of summertime injuries, they’re usually different from the types of injuries children tend to get.
Now that the sun doesn’t set until well into the evening, kids have more time to play outside and that often means more time at the local playground. With so much equipment to play around on, it’s very easy for kids to fall and get hurt, even when equipment is well cared for.
Unfortunately, not all parties responsible for maintaining playground equipment are always good about repairing broken equipment, getting rid of products that have been recalled, or following recommended safety guidelines. Before you let your children start playing, inspect the equipment yourself to check for anything that looks potentially dangerous. Even if the equipment looks safe to use, Safety + Health Magazine recommends sticking to playgrounds that have a mulch or shredded-tire surface to help protect your children in case they fall.
Bicycle, Skateboard, and Inline Skating Injuries
Now that the weather is so nice, it’s much more common to see kids out and about riding their bikes, skateboards, or inline skates. As fun as these activities can be, they cause thousands of kids each year to suffer broken bones, concussions, and other injuries. To keep your kids safe, make sure they have a helmet that fits properly and other protective gear like knee and elbow pads. Wearing a helmet during these types of activities can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85%. Of course, you should also make sure your children are trained to watch out for cars and don’t allow them to ride them at night.
Swimming Pool Injuries
Swimming is a great way to beat the heat, but unfortunately, there are a lot of ways to get hurt at the pool. While teens and adults are statistically more likely to drown in a natural body of water, children are more likely to drown in a swimming pool. If you’re planning to spend some time at a pool with your children, make sure they are always under adult supervision. Ideally, an adult should always be within arm’s reach of a child when they’re in the water. Do not allow children to dive into shallow water. Approximately 5% of all spinal cord injuries are caused by diving accidents.
If you have a pool at home, make sure the area surrounding it is kept clean so that nobody accidentally trips and falls into the water. Also, don’t forget to use fences or covers so that children don’t try to swim without supervision.
Trampolines are one of the most dangerous toys a kid can have — particularly if more than one child is using it at a time. A very large percentage of all trampoline-related injuries are caused by one person colliding with another, so if you have a trampoline, it’s best to have a rule about only allowing one person to bounce at a time.
Every summer, thousands of kids are rushed to the emergency room to seek treatment for burns. During the summer months, kids are often exposed to a wide variety of things that can potentially burn, including outdoor grills, indoor stoves, bonfires, fireworks, and sparklers. If your child will be around any of these hazards, they need to be under close supervision. Even after something like a campfire is put out, make sure children are kept away from coals that could still be dangerously hot.
While a lot of childhood injuries are just a routine part of growing up, many of the ones that commonly happen during the summer can be avoided. If your child has been injured, it’s important to talk to a childhood injury attorney to see if something could have been done to prevent it. For example, a child might suffer a brain injury after diving into a pool where the depth of the water wasn’t clearly marked. Or if an adult you trusted to supervise your child at a pool or around a campfire failed to do so, they might be liable for their injuries. Childhood injuries can have serious, long-lasting effects and a lawyer can help you determine which options are available to you.