Articles Tagged with child injuries

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First, it was the dangerous Tide Pod challenge, where teens, adults, and even some children challenged each other to bite into a Tide Pod detergent package as a dare. Videos of the challenge were posted on social media, even though experts noted the challenge could (and did) lead to serious chemical burns, poisoning, and serious injury.

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Then came the #InMyFeelings challenge, where passengers of cars posted videos of themselves hopping out of a moving car and dancing alongside the still-moving vehicle. Again, experts noted that the challenge could lead to serious rollover and car accident injuries. Yet the challenge continued.

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At this time of year, when many children in Hollywood and South Florida are heading back to school, many student athletes are also looking forward to a new season of their favorite sports. If you have a young athlete in your family, you may be concerned about sports injuries. Sports injuries in Hollywood schools and youth sports programs can include sprains, concussions, fractures, torn ligaments, dislocations, and other injuries.

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No one wants to see a promising athletic career or love of a sport sidelined by injury.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your child athlete avoid injury:

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Children are not just injured in Hollywood and Florida car accidents. Even when a car is not moving, it can pose a serious danger for a child. For example, about 37 children die, on average, due to being forgotten in a car. Even on an overcast day, the heat inside a car can reach very hot temperatures very quickly, especially in Florida.

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All parents believe they would not forget their child in a car, but as a Pulitzer-award winning journalist has uncovered through an investigative report, virtually all parents are capable of forgetting a child in a car. According to psychologists, the phenomenon is not caused by bar parenting but rather by distraction. When parents have a routine and then one day the routine is broken (by a later start, someone else dropping the kids off, or a different route, for example), this is when a tragedy can happen.

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A child’s room can be a great place of enrichment for a child and can provide an ideal place for homework, great memories, and a feeling of safety. Unfortunately, many childhood injuries in Hollywood and across South Florida occur in the home. Decorating your child’s room with safety in mind is an important way to prevent home injuries.

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Children spend considerable time in their room, and this room of the house is where they are least likely to be supervised. Both these reasons make it essential to secure this room. Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure your child’s room is attractive as well as safe:

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Halloween is supposed to be a holiday of fun and excitement for kids. Unfortunately, some costumes, decorations and traditions can be dangerous. Childhood accidents in Hollywood and South Florida are a concern during this holiday. If you are celebrating this year, make sure you follow these tips for staying safe:

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At this time of year, many students and parents are excited about new school routines, new classrooms, and a whole new school year. While school is meant to be an education and safe space for children, however, children are seriously injured each year on school grounds and when walking to and from school.

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This is a good time to review safety tips with your child and to introduce a few smart safety practices to your child’s routine to enjoy a whole year of safer classes:

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Now that the new school year is upon us, many of us are thinking about back-to-school. While children look forward to spending time with their friends in classes and shopping for back-to-school items, this is also great time to talk about school safety.

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While schools do much to keep children safe, children spend a lot of time in school and any type of negligence which can affect your child’s safety can lead to serious injuries. A few preventative measures today can help ensure your child stays safe:

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Birthday parties are a major rite of passage for children of all ages. They are usually lots of fun and can create a lifetime of memories. However, you will also want to consider personal safety when throwing a birthday party or when allowing your child to go to a birthday party.

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The following birthday party tips will bring you peace of mind and help you keep your child safe: Continue reading →

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A toddler’s bath time should be a fun time for bonding and for helping children learn the basics of taking care of themselves. However, bathing can also pose a danger for children. Experts agree that children can drown in just a few inches of water, and it can take only a few moments of parental distraction for that to happen.

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Proper Supervision is Key

To reduce the risk, it’s important that parents ensure supervision at all times. Any child under the age of four should never be allowed to remain in the water alone, even for a minute. If the doorbell rings or someone needs your attention, wrap the child up and take them with you to avoid leaving them in the bathtub or near the bathtub. Even if you take your child out of the bathtub, they may attempt to climb in and get into trouble.

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Pools are a major safety concern for parents. In fact, according to economist Steven D. Levitt, swimming pools are about 100 times more likely than a handgun to result in child fatalities. It is time to start treating swimming pools with due care to prevent drownings and near drowning incidents in Hollywood and across the country.

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It all starts with how we look swimming pools. When we start taking the same care with swimming pools that we take with other risks, we can reduce the number of swimming pool injuries and fatalities. There are several things you can do if you’d like to play a role in reducing pool risks:

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