Preventing common outdoor injuries in kids

May 14, 2016

It’s not always possible to safeguard your kids from outdoor injuries. Bruises, bumps, falls, scrapes etc are parts of a kid’s life. But with proper knowledge and practical steps, you can easily reduce the number of outdoor injuries in them – at least to some extent.

Let’s have a look at some of the most common outdoor injuries and their preventive measures.

Sports-related injuries

These are the most common outdoor injuries plaguing kids. Sports injuries include strains, sprains, repetitive motion injuries, growth plate injuries, heat related illness etc.

Prevention

  • Before your child starts a new sport, ensure s/he has learned to play it properly. Learning the techniques, rules and proper behavior will help him/her avoid unnecessary injuries.
  • Encourage the kid for a warm up session before play. Children with stiff, cold muscles are more prone to outdoor injuries.
  • Ensure the child wears a gear appropriate for the game. Get the right size for him/her and ensure it’s worn properly.
  • Ensure your child has adequate access to sports drink or water. Encourage him/her to drink lots of them before, during and after the game to stay properly hydrated.
  • Remember to include sunscreen to lower the probability of sunburn – one of the most common outdoor injuries related to sports.
  • Enroll your child in sports activities through community clubs, recreation groups and schools that have a reputation for being safe and having certified sports instructors. You chosen organization should have proper plans for dealing with emergencies and the instructors/coaches should have adequate knowledge of applying first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Head injuries

Head injuries mostly occur due to falls or accidents while riding scooters, bicycles and skateboards.

Prevention

  • Educate your child about the effectiveness of helmet and ensure it’s properly worn whenever s/he goes out for a ride. Don’t forget to put on a helmet yourself if you ride with him/her.

Drowning

Children from 1 to 4 years are quite prone to drowning.

Prevention

  • Never leave your child alone near water bodies like beaches, community pools, baby pools or even ornamental pools.
  • Train your kid how to swim.
  • Ensure that supervising adults, including you, know CPR.

Injuries related to driveway accidents

Toddlers are especially at a high risk of having these types of outdoor injuries because they usually get deeply involved in their activities, irrespective of the place.

Prevention

  • Never allow your child to play alone in driveways.
  • Separate his/her play area from driveways.
  • Whenever you go near cars, hold the kid’s hand. Explain the importance of holding an adult’s hand to him/her.

Final words

The type and severity of outdoor injuries are always unpredictable. You must be prepared for exigencies. Make sure you keep an eye on your kid, especially if s/he is a toddler. Teach your child safety and preventive measures to steer clear of common injuries and dangers. It’s equally important to seek medical attention in case of serious injuries like fractures or concussions.

Educate your child and let him/her enjoy the outdoors without getting bogged down by the fear of injuries.

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