Health & Fitness

Most Common Ways Kids Wind Up in the ER

There’s nothing more frightening than the thought of one’s child being in danger. Therefore, it’s no surprise that most parents will do everything to keep their children safe. The key to keeping them safe lies in knowing ahead of time what could harm them. 

It is estimated that almost 26 million children younger than 18 years are wheeled into the ER every year. How can you prevent your children from being on that list? Childproofing the house only goes so far.

You never can tell what children can play with. The following are some of the most common reasons for children being taken to the ER.

Ingesting Dangerous Objects

Almost every day, there’s news of a child ingesting items they shouldn’t be, resulting in damaged organs and choking. Here’s one of a child that ingested magnets just this month.

That singular action landed her in the ICU for a few days. Some parents are lucky that their kids recover, others aren’t so lucky. Here’s a sad one about a 2-year-old child who died after swallowing a battery.

Kids Wind Up

In both cases, their parents didn’t think that the magnets or battery could be something the children would be interested in. There have also been incidents of children ingesting pins, pencils, quarters and a bunch of other stuff.

Parents would do well to ensure that they get rid of all these things. Better still, avoid buying them small gifts that they can easily dismantle or swallow.

Broken Arms or Legs and Muscle Sprains

Children will always play; sometimes gently, other times, roughly. In fact, toddlers and kids between the ages of 5 and 10 are curious.

As a result, they are more likely to try and play sports, jump from higher elevations, push the limits on their toys, get a little rough and generally do what an adult will consider dumb.

While these activities done in moderation is good for building team spirit and endurance in children, there’s also the risk of suffering significant muscle sprains and broken bones. This brings many children to the ER on a daily basis.

So, take all the necessary steps to protect your children by rebuking them if their plays get too rough, equipping them with proper sporting kits if they’ll be playing sports and generally teaching them to not play roughly.

Respiratory Distress and Illnesses

Some of these are triggered by allergies to dust, smoke, certain foods, and pollen, others are caused by poor indoor air quality. This is why children tend to have pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.

These conditions are also the number one reason children are taken to the emergency room. The best thing to do would be to minimize their exposure to the triggers. So, eliminate their exposures to dust, pollen, mold, smoke, pet dander and cockroach allergens among other things.

Ensure to keep the home as pest and dirt free as possible. Also, ensure that you have the appropriate medications in your medicine cabinet. For children who are prone to asthma, having an inhaler is extremely important.

Injuries and Poisoning in the Home and Outside

Many children suffer brain injuries known as a concussion from being dropped on their heads or hitting their heads while playing sports. In fact, a 2013 news report indicated that the rate of concussions suffered by children has doubled over the last 10-15 years.

There’s also the risk of getting in car accidents, getting struck by their playmates or siblings, falling off their high chairs, and getting poisoned. Parents need to take appropriate measures to prevent this.

Remove the washing liquids from under the sink where the kids can easily reach it. Teach elder siblings not to hit their younger siblings, and minimize all dangerous activities in the home.

If most parents took proactive measures to prevent these or exposure to these things by their children, chances are that their kids would be less likely to visit the ER. Talk to a pediatrician, such as the ones at Night Lite, if you need more guidance and other help with making your home a safe haven for your children.

Oscar King is a small business owner and family man who contributes articles and insights into the challenges faced by families and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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