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Is Your Playground Safe for Children?

Published on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:30 am in Child Injury.

Each year, more than 200,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room for playground injuries. About 75% of these nonfatal injuries occur at public playgrounds, which include schools and daycare centers.

Common Playground Injuries

The largest age group needing emergency room visits are children from age five to nine; these injuries mostly occurred at school playgrounds. The school equipment causing the most injuries is climbing apparatus. (Note to parents: A majority of playground fatalities (70%) occur on home playgrounds, and swings cause the most serious home injuries.)

Making Child Sports Fun and Injury-Free

Published on Sep 9, 2013 at 8:33 am in Child Injury.

Kentucky Child InjurySport activities are great for kids’ physical and emotional development. Any sport will bring some risk of injury, but according to WebMD, the majority of school sports injuries are minor.

However, keep in mind that children are at greater risk for injury than adults because they are still growing, leaving their muscles, bones, and ligaments more vulnerable. An accident that might cause only minor injuries in an adult could be serious for a child.

Keeping Kids Healthy at Kentucky Schools

Published on Sep 6, 2013 at 8:37 am in Child Injury.

While kids may be excited to go back to school, parents may not be excited about the coming cold and flu season. Unfortunately, a lot of children in one area make a perfect breeding ground for contagious diseases.

Why Do School Kids Get Sick So Often?

Viruses cause many childhood illnesses, and just one child with a virus can spread it in a large group. Simply breathing the air after a sneeze can spread a cold; and touching anything a sick child has touched can spread germs. Common culprits are pencil sharpeners, water fountains, and computer keyboards and mice.

Bike Helmets Can Keep Kids Safe

Published on Jun 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm in Child Injury.

Kentucky Bicycle AccidentSummer’s here and kids have taken to the streets and parks on their bikes. Parents know we should make our kids wear helmets, but they look so funny and we got along mostly fine without them in our day, didn’t we?

Yes, the helmets are funny looking, but statistics don’t lie. Seattle Children’s Hospital reports that bicycle accidents are the second leading cause of serious injury in school-age children and helmets can cut these risks by a whopping 85%.

Protect Kids from Heatstroke: Keep Them Out of Hot Cars This Summer

Published on Jun 12, 2013 at 9:46 am in Child Injury.

Kentucky Child InjuryEvery summer, experienced Kentucky injury attorneys remind parents and caregivers not to leave children inside a vehicle, even for a few minutes – but every year, about 25 percent of parents and caregivers admit to leaving kids inside parked cars.

Many of these caregivers or parents believe that leaving a window down is sufficient to prevent a child injury, such as heatstroke when he or she is left in the car “for just a minute.” According to a 2004 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), however, the interior of a vehicle may heat up as much as 19 degrees Fahrenheit in only 10 minutes – and as much as 40 degrees within an hour even when the windows are down, if the car is parked in direct sunlight. This rapid heating occurs because the windows of a car act like a greenhouse’s glass walls, trapping heat inside the enclosed space. Merely lowering a window does not allow the heat to escape as quickly as it builds up.