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How to Keep Your Child Safer This Summer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 11, 2016 4:15:28 PM

Summer time is fun time - and, unfortunately, injury time - for kids.

More than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger in the United States are injured in playground-related accidents during the summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Emergency rooms and pediatricians most commonly see concussions, broken bones, cuts and burns from tumbles and other accidents while playing outside with friends or in youth sports programs.

Young people also get hurt from lawnmowers, barbecue grills and fall hazards.

Does that mean you need to keep them safe by enfolding them in bubble wrap confining them to their rooms? Of course not. Children need to run and play to keep their bodies and minds healthy.

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Topics: Safety, Pediatrics

Safety Tips When Taking Small Kids on Spring Break Trips

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 21, 2016 11:07:17 AM

Southern destinations aren't just for college students blowing off a little steam this time of year.

Spring Break also is a blast for families trying to get a little time together at the beach or visiting cartoon characters. Spring vacations make memories that parents and their kids will cherish for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, accidents or illness can curtail the fun. It's a downer for everyone when you have to make a trip to the local Emergency Room.

To make certain your Spring Break vacation is a safe one, it's good to take a few precautions. Here are a few tips when traveling with small children:

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Topics: Travel, Children, Safety