CDC: More kids being seen in ER

JONESBORO,AR (KAIT) - With kids more active during summer months, they are also more vulnerable to potential injury.

According to the CDC, of the  130 million visits to the emergency room in 2010, nearly 25 percent were made by children under the age of 18.

Emergency Room physicians receive specialty training in treating childhood emergencies.

"Children are more active, they get out and about, we get on the motorized vehicles, the bicycles, the various games, ball games increased activities," said Dr. William Henry with NEA

Henry works in the emergency room and says with increased activities, kids are more vulnerable to injury.

"We do see a lot of increase in pediatric injuries and visits at that time," Henry said.

He said the ER staff undergoes special training in treating childhood emergencies.

"We do have advanced pediatric life support and we have to re-certify in that every two years," he said. "Every person that works in the ER has to have that training and we even do mock drills, we had a mock drill this week on a pediatric patient."

He said parents should be more aware of what their kids are doing.

"Kids can get away from you in just a second so keep your children aware in the awareness of your mind where they're at during all times," Henry said.

"Keep everything safe and locked down and that way we won't have any accidents this time of year that can be potentially dangerous to young children."

And in the case of an emergency, there is certain information every parent should know.

"Have in their mind their history that might be important for us, what medications they're on, the events surrounding what happened, all of those things are important to know in how to

Henry said it all boils down to not taking chances when it comes to safety.

"At this time a year we need to be especially careful about the possibility of drowning especially with small children," he said.

The American College of Emergency Physicians recommends 10 things parents should know  when taking a child to the ER:

1. Call 911- If it's safe to drive, remain calm and drive.

2. Plan Ahead. Where is the closest ER?

3. Communicate clearly to the emergency staff.

4. Bring a list of the child's allergies and medications.

5. Bring the child's immunization records and contact information for a physician.

6. Provide consent-to-treat forms for those who take care of your child.

7. Explain to the child what is happening. Be sensitive to the situation.

8. Don't let the child eat or drink anything if you are taking them to the emergency room.

9. Bring a sleep-over bag in case the child is admitted.

10. Stay calm. Don't add stress to an already stressful situation.

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