Gregory Ozark, MD
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children in the United States, and summer fun can expose them to greater risk as they explore the world around them.
Motor vehicle accidents and drowning are the two most common causes of unintentional injury. So, whether summer playtime involves water or wheels, the need for supervision cannot be overemphasized.
Here are tips to help protect children during summer activities.
- Always know where your child is going and set a limit on how far he or she can go.
- Your child must wear a helmet any time he or she is on wheels – bike, skateboard, scooter or rollerblades.
- Make sure the helmet is approved by the American National Standards Institute or meets the Snell helmet safety standards.
- Purchase a helmet at a bicycle shop and have it fitted to your child’s head. It must fit snugly, go over the forehead and cover the back of the head.
- Protective gear, such as wrist guards and knee and elbow pads, is needed for rollerblading or skateboarding.
- Set an example for your child by wearing a helmet and protective gear yourself.
- Neither adults nor children should use a phone while bicycling or walking across a street.