June is National Safety Month

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of emergency department visits in the United States. Over 9 million children are seen each year in the ED for unintentional injuries. Many of these injuries could be prevented if proper safety rules were known and followed. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website is a great resource for information on child injury prevention topics. Their safe child index can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/index.html.  Viva Pediatrics wants to share a few safety rules that can keep us all safe. Always wear a seat belt while traveling in a motor vehicle. Seat belts save lives. Ensure that children are in the proper car seat for their weight and age. DMV.org has instructions on the installation of child safety seats at http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/install-child-seat.php.  Keep all medications, including over the counter, herbal and prescription medication hidden and out of reach of children. If your child plays a sport make sure their safety equipment fits, is in good working order and meets the national safety guideline ratings. Kids can easily outgrow safety equipment in one season, so checking these items throughout the season is a good safety practice. Lastly, never leave a child alone near water. This includes bath water, hot boiling water, outdoor water, i.e. swimming pool, pond, lake, etc. Viva Pediatrics wants to wish you and yours a very happy and safe summer. 

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