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Trampolines Pose Concussion Risk for Kids and Teens

Posted on 8/29/2016

Trampolines are a common sight in many family backyards, and are often associated with harmless play and even healthy physical activity. However, trampolines are also responsible for thousands of injuries to children and teens each year, which range from bumps and bruises to head injuries that require diagnostic imaging and emergency care. Keep reading to learn more about the risk that trampolines pose to your child and how to encourage safer play this summer.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of brain injury that occurs following a blow to the head. Concussions are a common injury associated with trampolines and can occur in many ways when a child falls off the trampoline; if he lands on his head while jumping or flipping, or if his head connects with the frame, he may sustain a concussion. A concussion is a serious injury that is best evaluated by a pediatric care provider as soon as possible—if your child has hit his head and is displaying symptoms of a concussion; taking him to the pediatric ER is the best next step.

How Can I Protect My Children?

While the best way to protect your child from trampoline-related concussions is to keep him off trampolines, you can encourage safe and healthy play if you choose to allow him this opportunity. First, always make sure any trampoline your child uses is stable and in good repair. Second, never allow your child to jump without adult supervision and make sure only one person uses the trampoline at a time, regardless of its size. Third, set ground rules regarding acrobatics and flips that disallow your child from performing somersaults, which could cause him to inadvertently land on his head.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital wants to keep your child happy, safe, and well this year and every year. Our children’s hospital serving Las Vegas offers services that include general pediatrics, children’s emergency care, and specialized healthcare services such as daVinci Robotic Surgery and pediatric cancer care. You can find out more about us and our commitment to community health and safety on the web or by calling (702) 233-5437.


Encourage Your Teen to Practice Safer Driving By Not Texting Behind the Wheel

Posted on 8/22/2016

Giving your teen the keys to the car can be a stressful experience, but there are many ways to help your child follow safer driving practices when you can’t be present to watch him. Distracted driving sends more than 1,000 people to the emergency room each year, but fortunately, this serious driving danger is preventable. Talking to your teen about texting and driving is the best way to prevent him from taking part in this common driving behavior that could put his health and safety at risk.

Have a Discussion

The very first and often most effective step in addressing distracted driving is talking to your teen. Making sure your child understands that texting while driving is dangerous and setting ground rules that carry serious consequences will help your teen better comprehend the severity of this type of behavior.

Block Texting Capabilities

If you are still concerned about texting and driving, there are several apps that make texting impossible from behind the wheel. While some apps will read messages or allow for canned responses, the best apps to completely prevent distracted driving are those that turn off texting capabilities altogether while the car is in motion.

Take Responsibility for Your Texts

The American Psychological Association found that more than 50% of teens who text while driving are actually responding to their parents. Teens often feel that if they don’t respond to parents immediately, their silence will garner greater concern. Thus, taking responsibility for your texts and holding off on hitting “send” when you know your child is likely behind the wheel can eliminate this possibility to actively protect your child.

At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our children’s hospital offers comprehensive pediatrics and children’s emergency care in Las Vegas to protect your child’s health and wellness as he grows. You can learn more about keeping your child safe on the road and during other everyday activities when you visit our website to check out our community resources; you can also reach us for more information about our pediatric services by phone at (702) 233-5437.


Back to School Health Guidelines

Posted on 8/15/2016

As the summer comes to an end, it’s time to look forward to the approaching school year. Whether your child will be attending school for the first time this year or is returning after a fun-filled summer vacation, there are a few important health-related factors you should keep in mind.

This year, you can get your child’s education off to a great start by following a few simple yet important back-to-school pediatric health guidelines.

Immunizations

Many school districts require immunizations before students may attend. Immunization protects your child and his peers from many serious childhood diseases, including whooping cough, measles, and mumps. Your pediatric care provider can also let you know if additional immunizations are right for your child based on his age and his specific health needs, such as the flu or the chicken pox vaccine.

Handwashing

Teaching your child proper hand washing technique is a great way to let him take an active role in protecting himself against disease. Schools are filled with furniture and objects that are touched by countless students and teachers every day; these surfaces can retain the germs that cause disease, allowing them to spread easily. Take some time to review when and how to wash his hands with your child to ensure this routine becomes a habit.

Allergies

If your child suffers from allergies or asthma, you and your pediatric healthcare provider should talk to your child about how to know when and if medication is needed. Make sure your child’s inhaler or epi-pen is up to date and talk to his school’s nurse or healthcare office about his needs to ensure the right medication is at hand if it becomes necessary during the school day.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you and your child prepare for the 2016 school year with pediatric health exams, immunizations, and more. Please visit us online for more information about our children’s hospital and emergency room serving Las Vegas, or reach out to us by phone at (702) 233-5437 for answers to your healthcare questions.


Surprising Summer Dangers for Your Baby

Posted on 8/8/2016

Summertime is the perfect season to get out and get active with your baby. While healthy outdoor play and time spent together is a wonderful way to bond with your child and help him grow, it’s important to stay aware of the most common summertime dangers for babies and young children. If you have questions or concerns about keeping your child healthy and well this summer, your pediatric healthcare provider can offer personalized and up-to-date tips and information.

Sunscreens

The intense sunlight prevalent during the summer can pose a health risk for your baby’s delicate skin. Applying sunscreen regularly and sticking to the shade is the best way to protect your infant from the sun, but it’s also important to know which sunscreen products are safe and healthy for your baby. Always opt for a sunscreen specifically labeled for babies; your pediatrician can make recommendations if you’re not sure which brand or type of product is best. When trying out a new sunscreen for the first time, apply a dab to a small area of your baby’s skin first to check for a reaction before using it on the rest of his body.

Kiddie Pools

Playing with water is a great way to beat the heat in Las Vegas, but drowning is a very real concern for children of all ages, including babies. A child can drown in just a few inches of water, so adult supervision is needed at all times, even if your baby is splashing in a kiddie pool or a bucket of water. Never leave your child unattended while playing with water and avoid reading, texting, or talking on the phone while you supervise your baby’s pool time.

Are you ready to safely enjoy the summer weather with your baby? You can find out more about pediatric and children’s care when you visit Sunrise Children’s Hospital on the web to explore our services and community resources. If you have further questions about pediatrics in Las Vegas, you can reach a registered nurse by phone at (702) 233-5437 for answers or a physician referral.


Understanding the Dangers of Leaving Your Child in the Car This Summer

Posted on 7/30/2016

During the summer, intense sunlight and high outdoor temperatures can turn a parked car into a serious threat to your child’s health and safety. Each summer, an average of almost 40 children die from heat stroke after being left in a parked car, and many of these situations are accidents. Heat stroke is a serious and life-threatening illness that can occur quickly in children and always requires emergency pediatric care.

The Dangers of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke occurs when the body is exposed to extreme heat. This condition often occurs simultaneously with dehydration, and together these factors disrupt the body’s natural temperature regulation system. As the body overheats, brain and organ damage occur, eventually leading to death if emergency care is not administered to reduce body temperature quickly.

Children and Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a particularly serious threat to children. Because children’s bodies are still developing, their temperature regulation and respiratory systems are not as effective at dissipating excess heat as those of an adult. On average, a child’s body will heat up three to five times as quickly as an adult’s, drastically decreasing the time it takes to develop heat stroke and increasing the risks of dehydration, organ damage, and death. Small children, particularly those strapped into car seats, cannot escape their situation, and instead fall unconscious or unresponsive as a result.

Vehicle-Related Heat Stroke

Children who are intentionally or accidentally left in parked cars are at high risk for developing heat stroke. This is because the unique environment inside a car can cause the interior to heat up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the summer within just ten minutes. Cracking a window does not reduce this effect, and children should not be left alone inside running vehicles for additional safety reasons.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital wants your child to enjoy a safe and healthy summer. Our children’s hospital serving Las Vegas offers complete pediatric care, including children’s emergency care, trauma care, and surgery. You can find more health and safety information on our website, or call (702) 233-5437 to speak with a registered nurse.


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