Elaine Cudnik, APRN, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics
With Halloween right around the corner, many families are preparing pumpkins for carving, putting together creative costumes and coordinating trick-or-treating details to celebrate the occasion. However, for all the fun Halloween brings to children, it can be a bit frightful as well. With adequate preparation and attention to safety, parents can avoid some of the dangers associated with Halloween including pedestrian injuries, burns and poisonings.
The first step to being sure your child is safe on Halloween is supervision.
- No child under the age of 12 should be permitted to trick-or-treat without an adult.
- If at all possible, keep your children on sidewalks, pedestrian walkways or …
Whether you are taking a swim, going for a hike or enjoying an evening by the campfire, nothing can ruin your camping excursion faster than illness or injury. Julie Xeras, MD, of Renown Medical Group offers tips on how to avoid the eight most common outdoor health hazards.
Too much sun exposure can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Young children, the elderly and athletes who are outdoors in the hot sun for extended periods of time are at the greatest risk. To avoid the adverse effects of the sun, drink plenty of fluids, wear a hat, and don’t forget the …
The Water Watcher Whistle Program reminds parents that active supervision is key to keeping children safe in the water.
Just because there are adults near the water doesn’t mean that someone is watching the kids.
Active supervision by an adult, not just the presence of an adult, is one of the single-most important precautions to keeping children safe in the water.
“When everyone thinks they are watching the kids in the pool, no one is,” notes Melissa Krall, Director of Community Outreach at REMSA.
To stress the importance of water safety, REMSA and Safe Kids Washoe County have been promoting …