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By 7 Days Pediatrics
September 13, 2017
Category: Pediatric Care

Whether you have boys or girls, the occasional playground scrape is pretty much unavoidable. Kids who run and play are bound to fall and playground injuryget hurt on occasion. In light of this, it is in everyone's best interest if you learn how to deal with playground cuts and scrapes before your child gets one. Here's what you need to do.

1. Rinse the Area

Anytime your child opens his or her skin, dirt and bacteria is able to get inside. Gently clean the area by rinsing it under cool water. This will help flush any germs out.

2. Stop the Bleeding

If the scrape is bleeding very badly, hold a clean cloth or bandage against the scrape until the bleeding slows and stops.

3. Check for Debris

Once you are able to look at the scrape, do a quick check to make sure that nothing is stuck in it, such as a glass fragment, pebble or splinter. If you see anything, use running water or tweezers to remove the debris.

4. Apply an Antibiotic

If the scrape is very deep, you may want to apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, to the area to help discourage infection and encourage healing.

5. Bandage the Area

Once the area is cleaned and treated, apply a clean bandage that is large enough to cover area. If it is still bleeding heavily, you may want to use a piece of gauze as well.

6. Change the Bandage Regularly

Hopefully, the scrape will heal quickly, making the bandage unnecessary. If the area is still bleeding or if you need to protect the area from dirt and germs, however, replace the bandage regularly. If the area is beginning to heal and won't be at risk for infection, you may choose instead to leave the bandage off for a while. The access to oxygen will help the scrape heal faster.

Scrapes can be painful and frightening for children, but thankfully they are easy to treat. Use these six steps - along with a kiss! - and your child will feel better in no time!

By 7 Days Pediatrics
September 13, 2017
Category: Safety
Tags: Playground Safety  

Playground SafetyWhether it’s at the park, school or in your own backyard, kids of all ages enjoy climbing on the monkey bars, going down the slide and swinging.  Playgrounds are a great place for kids to exercise, take in fresh air and socialize with friends.   Unfortunately, it’s also a place many kids get injured every year as a result of faulty equipment and improper use.  In fact, each year more than 200,000 kids under the age of 15 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for playground-related injuries.

While there are some inevitable dangers, the good news is that many of these injuries can easily be prevented with proper supervision. Do you know what to look for to make sure your playground is safe?

Play it Safe: What to Look for at Your Playground

Risks linked with playground safety may not be as apparent as those associated with swimming or biking; you just have to know what to look for. You can make the playground safe and fun for your kids by checking equipment and surfacing for potential hazards and following some simple safety guidelines. These include:

  • Always supervise your child to ensure playground equipment is used properly.  
  • Regularly check playground equipment for loose, sharp or broken parts. 
  • Know which surfacing is most appropriate. Sand, wood chips and rubberized matting are the safest surfaces for playgrounds, while concrete or asphalt could lead to a serious injury if a child falls.
  • Make sure playground equipment is age and size appropriate for your child.
  • Minimize injuries by teaching your kids basic playground rules.
  • Play areas for younger children should be separated from those for older kids.
  • Don’t let children wear drawstrings, purses, necklaces or other items that could get caught on equipment.
  • Report dangerous playgrounds to responsible parties.
  • Ask your pediatrician about other tips for playground safety.

Don’t let careless behavior or a faulty apparatus ruin playground fun.  To minimize injuries, always be on the lookout for faulty equipment, improper surfaces, and careless behavior.  Play is an essential part of a child’s physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development. Following these playground safety tips will help your kids play as safely as possible.