Traumatic injuries increase during the summer

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – During the summer kids do not want to be stuck inside when they can be outside having fun.  Swimming, riding a bicycle, and skateboarding are just a few of the things kids get out and do during the summer.

The chance of injury from an outdoor activity goes up during the summer, which means you or your child could spend some time in an emergency room!

"Summer is busy, from a trauma standpoint," said Dr. Walt Short with St. Bernards Medical Center. 

The pool is always a popular place, but safety here is just as important.

"I'm in the water with them all the time because if they happen to get choked and they get afraid I'm there to make sure that I can get them," said Becky Gibson.

Gibson said she keeps a close watch on her two grandchildren whenever she is with them.

"You have to keep your eye on them at all times.  Do not leave them outside by themselves because you never know," said Gibson.

Accidents do happen and during the summer there is a higher probability that your child can get hurt because they're outside doing things they don't do during other times in the year.

"People find themselves, very often, in situations that you just wouldn't expect to happen," said Dr. Short.

Doctors say they see about the same number of young people year round.  In the winter they treat sore throats and ear infections and during the summer their patients are in for different reasons.

"We see them more for skateboard accidents and motor vehicle accidents," said Dr. Short.

Dr. Short said traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death in young people.  The best way to prevent an accident is to use common sense and to educate your kids about safety.

"Just be careful and watch them.  Make sure you know where they're at and what they're doing," said Dr. Short.

"They stay around the house, not in the streets.  I have a big yard where they can ride their bikes in the driveway," said mom Kishia Perry.

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