babysitting some neighborhood children this summer before I head back to
college in the fall. The kids are pretty well-behaved, but they’re still kids.
And when they get together in groups, they can be a handful.
worried about the children getting hurt. What types of injuries should I be
most concerned about?
the best time for kids to get outside and play with their friends. Although
most children today spend more time indoors than outdoors, the risk of injury hasn’t really changed.
activities offer a chance to make memories and have some fun, but they’re not
without their risks. According to Ankin Law Office, children are sent to emergency rooms each year after
suffering injuries related to lakes, swimming pools, skateboards, bicycles,
trampolines, sunburns, firecrackers, falls, insect bites and more.
One of the
biggest concerns in the summer is swimming pool accidents and drownings. Kids
can have a great time swimming in pools, but there are also many ways that they
can get injured. Drowning is the biggest concern, which is why you should be
supervising the children at all times if you take them to the pool, a lake or
About 5% of
all spinal cord injuries in children are caused by diving accidents, so you may
want to ban diving if you’re at the pool.
If the kids
like to ride their bikes or skateboards, you have to worry about broken bones,
concussions, sprains, cuts and bruises. Thousands of children are injured each
year while biking or skateboarding. Severe or even fatal injuries are possible,
so it’s important to make sure that the children are safe when they’re engaging
in these activities.
safety, kids should be wearing helmets, knee pads and elbow pads. Simply
wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head trauma and brain injuries by a
and trampolines can also be dangerous. Playground equipment can be fun for
kids, but they’re not always well-maintained. Many children walk away with
skinned knees, broken bones and serious cuts after playing on the playground.
are especially dangerous, especially if two or more children
are jumping at the same time. Many trampoline-related injuries are caused by
kids colliding into each other while jumping. If the kids will be using a
trampoline, make sure that you supervise them at all times and that they follow
the rules. For maximum safety, the children should take turns jumping one at a
time. Ideally, there should also be netting around the trampoline to keep kids
from falling off and hitting or getting stuck in the frame.
insect bites are a few other injuries you should be worried about. Sunburn can
not only be uncomfortable, but also dangerous. Make sure that the children wear
sunscreen each time they go outside – at least SPF 15. Hats and sunglasses offer
further sun protection. If the kids will be playing in the water, you’ll need
to reapply the sunscreen frequently to prevent burning.
to protect kids against bug bits by putting on bug spray each time they play