Category: Children Injuries & Accidents


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Motor Vehicle Crashes Are the Number One Killer of Children

Kids will be kids. They love to run, jump… and get themselves into situations where they get hurt. Your children need to explore and learn from little bumps and bruises, but it is still your number one job as a parent to keep your children safe.
 
So what can you do to protect your child? Focus on the most prevalent dangers. There are a number of common child injuries that can lead to fatalities, including:
 

Falls
Burns
Drowning
Choking
Poisoning

 
In our country, though, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration consistently reports that automobile crashes kill more children than any other type of child injury or accident.…

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9 Safety Tips Your Children Should Know This School Year

As the summer starts to wind down, you may find yourself replacing your kids’ camping gear with new clothes, notebooks, pens, and other necessary school supplies.
 
But before your children head off for their first day of the new school year, spend some time teaching them some valuable things – namely, how to stay safe in school, as well as when traveling between school and home.
 
Use these tips to ensure a safe start to the new school year:
 
Drive Carefully During School Hours. If your teen just got his or her license in the past few months, they are probably ecstatic to finally be driving themselves to school.…

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3 Ways Summer Heat Can Cause Auto Injuries

Summer is a dangerous time to drive: more drunk drivers are out on the road, more new drivers are out on the road, and more confused tourists are out on the road.
 
But even if you take other drivers out of the picture, the summer months still have their own inherent climate-related dangers – especially here in Florida! The heat alone is dangerous for passengers and drivers alike. The most important things to watch out for during the summer months include: tire failure, heat stroke, and an overheated engine.
 
Tire Failure. We all know that more people are out on the roads and using their cars during the summer months.…

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Who is Responsible for Your Child’s Injury at School?

If you are the parent of a child or children, you know this one universal truth: accidents happen. They happen a lot.
 
When you take your children to school, you know that accidents don’t stop happening, although you expect them to happen less under the constant supervision of teachers and adults. But still, kids can get hurt, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Sometimes, these incidents are enough to cause concern, or result in major injuries for your child.
 
What do you do, as a parent, if your child ends up getting injured at school? From a legal standpoint, there are quite a few options. To understand how best to handle the situation, you have to evaluate the actual occurrence and consider if the school or other parties are liable.…

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5 Common Back-to-School Injuries and How to Avoid them

Now that September is well underway, young students across Florida have said goodbye to summer vacation and are settling into their school routines.
 
But as your family becomes comfortable with their school schedule, it’s important that you don’t also become relaxed when it comes to safety. Every year, an estimated 25 percent of child injuries and accidents occur in and around schools. To ensure a safe back-to-school season, it’s important that you and your youngsters remain aware of the risks and hazards that arise when children go back to school.
 
We’ve listed five of the most common back-to-school injuries and illnesses below, along with safety tips for students on avoiding them.…

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Bounce House Accidents on the Rise

 
It was a sunny Monday in Fort Lauderdale when a bounce house disaster brought a Memorial Day holiday event to an abrupt halt. According to reporters from CNN, the bounce house was lifted high in the air by a whirling column of air and mist. Three children were ejected from the inflatable house into the sand before it was carried over palm trees, four lanes of traffic, and a parking lot.
 
Although the children reportedly fell out before the bounce house got very high, all three suffered injuries and were rushed to the hospital. Two of the children received fractures, while a third was even more seriously injured.
 
How did this happen?…

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Summer Injuries to Watch Out For

 
As the weather grows warmer, the days grow longer, and jackets give way to tank-tops and bikinis, it can only mean one thing—summer is coming.
 
With June 21st right around the corner, children and adults alike are already dreaming of lazy mornings by the pool, trips to the beach, and barbeques lasting long past sunset. But while this sunny season is a time for rest and relaxation for most families in Florida, the summer is also the busiest season of the year for Florida emergency rooms.
 
Every summer, emergency rooms see a spike in patients seeking medical attention for serious injuries. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common culprits behind summertime injuries.…

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Staying Safe on the Field: Tips to Prevent Kids Sport Injuries

 
For many parents, the hard work, talents, achievements of their young children arreat sources of pride. There’s few greater joys for a family than seeing their young one perform in a violin concert, act in a play, or careen down a soccer field.
 
The sports field is a great place for a growing child or teen to shine while learning valuable lessons about teamwork, dedication, and fitness. But while parents should encourage their child’s interest in sports, they should also be aware of the associated risks for youth injury.
 
As youth sports become more competitive, the rate of serious and fatal sports-related injuries continues to rise. According to recent research released by Safe Kids Worldwide, well over 3,000 youths are sent to the emergency room for sports injury every day.…

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Potential Accident Risks at a Child’s Birthday Party

 
The sun is shining, hot dogs are sizzling on the grill, and birthday guests frolic happily in the pool. A child’s birthday party is a blissful event, but you can’t let yourself forget the potential hazards that lay hidden within this seemingly harmless scene.
 
Of course, birthday parties thrown by responsible parents are usually quite safe. There’s certainly no need to tear up all of your child’s birthday invitations, and no one needs to cancel their own child’s party. What you do have to do, though, is be mindful of the risks for child accidents that can be found at parties. Here are some kids’ party culprits you may not have suspected:
 
Trampolines
 
Like their inflatable, castle-shaped sisters, trampolines come with potential for bruises, bone injuries, and concussions.…

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Identifying Brain Injuries in Children

 
Young children frequently experience falls, bumps, and bruises as they develop their motor skills. School-age children and teenagers may also experience injuries due to things like sports accidents or even car crashes. Sometimes children are lucky and avoid any kind of lasting injury, but in other cases, they may experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
 
Sadly, TBIs are the leading cause of death and disability for children and adolescents in the US. TBIs also send an estimated 62,000 children to the hospital every year. These injuries occur on a wide spectrum, ranging from relatively mild concussions to injuries that cause irreparable or fatal brain damage. As a parent, it is important to identify any kind of brain injury as soon as possible as they may impact the child’s cognitive development and affect him or her into adulthood.…

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