Don’t let safety slip while letting loose.
The Labor Day holiday is the last hurrah of summer before Southeast Michigan kids return to school. The same vigilance to safety at the start of the summer should be maintained. We’ve got three top safety tips to end summer injury-free.
Wear a Helmet: Protect the head. Protects the brain.
- Helmets are to always be worn when using bicycles, skateboards, and the like. In the event of a crash, helmets absorb the force which protects the brain from concussion. A proper fitting helmet should:
- Sit low on the forehead with a two-finger width between the eyebrows and the helmet.
- Form a “Y” under the ears with the side straps.
- Be snug with a one-finger width between the chin and the strap.
Prevent Burns: Create a zone of safety around grills and campfires.
- The best treatment for burns is prevention. For all high-heat sources like grills and campfires, a zone of safety should be established, marked, and communicated in advance to all children.
- Children should not enter the safety zone.
- Never leave a fire or grill unattended.
- Children should always be supervised.
- A proper roasting sticks to used to keep a safe distance from the fire when roasting hot dogs and marshmallows
- If a burn occurs:
- Remove clothing and jewelry at or near the burn site, if possible. Never force off if stuck to the skin.
- Run cool – not cold – water over the burned area for at least 10 minutes or until the pain is relieved. Do not use ice.
- The wound can be kept open, a dressing is not necessary. Also, use of antibiotic cream or ointment is not necessary.
- Oils, such as coconut oil or essential oils, are not recommended. Since the tissue has been damaged by heat, these substances can retain the heat, slow the healing, and make the burn more uncomfortable.
- Most importantly, seek immediate medical attention if in doubt of the severity of the burn. Make sure your tetanus vaccination is current.
- IMPORTANT: Any burn to the face or groin and all third-degree burns require emergency medical treatment. Third-degree burns are burns that involve the full thickness of the skin, are black, brown, yellow, or white in appearance, and may have no pain due to nerve ending damage.
Broken Bones: Fractures in children occur during sports and recreational activities.
- Fractures are the fourth most common injury in children under the age of six.
- Typical symptoms include pain, swelling, and inability to move the injured area.
- The most common types of fractures in children occur in the arm at the:
- wrist when a child falls on an outstretched hand,
- elbow when a child falls fast and with enough pressure, the elbow can break, and
- forearm, where one or both bones that make up the lower arm can break.
- Parents and caregivers can help prevent fractures by:
- Checking playground equipment and area is in good condition and free from trip hazards.
- Setting one-child rule on trampolines. Padding and netting should be intact and free from holes.
- Ensuring sporting goods and recreational toys are the right size for the child. Protective equipment like wrist guards should be used.
Michigan Urgent Care is open every day and all holidays to treat injury and illness and has the latest in digital X-ray technology. Find a clinic close to you.