Experts saying that urgent care clinics as well as emergency rooms see an increase in visits in the summertime nation wide. Experts say that in children, trauma related injuries double during the summer months while this stat increases by 25 to 30% for adults.
In this article, we will explore the most common summer injuries to help you learn what to be especially careful of this season.
Swimming and water related injuries and accidents
Given there is an increase in people swimming during the warmer months, doctors see more people for injuries associated with water. Many of these injuries come from people jumping into bodies of water, resulting in head trauma, which is particularly concerning.
Another item to be aware of associated with water is drowning. This is especially prevalent in children. In fact, drowning is the second most common cause of unintentional death in children aged 1-4 (behind car accidents), as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kids are most likely to drown in a pool, so it’s vital to closely watch children around any body of water.
Summer results in more people participating in leisurely outdoor sports, such as frisbee, softball, football, and so on. This means an influx of people with sports-related injuries – like sprained wrists, twisted ankles, and even broken bones.
While these injuries may be more minor, we know that you want to avoid them! Always exercise caution when participating in these sports to avoid an unwanted trip to the ER.
Most sunburns do not require a trip to the ER, but that’s not to say that some don’t. A recent research in the dermatology field reported that there were nearly 34,000 emergency room visits in 2013 within the U.S. due to serious sunburns.
You should always seek a doctor’s care in the event of your sunburn causing blistering or being accompanied by nausea, confusion, headache, and extreme pain or chills. You should also see a doctor if your sunburn does not subside after several days of at-home treatment – like applying aloe vera or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Always use caution when you’re exposed to the sun by reapplying a lotion with SPF and limiting exposure during the hours of 10am to 4pm – which is when the sun is the strongest.
Forbes notes that playgrounds, riding things like bikes, scooters, and skateboards, and mowing your lawn are also hazardous activities that should be performed with caution over the summer months, too.
With that being said, you should be sure to enjoy your summer while practicing the appropriate safety measure to ensure that you are your family are protected during these months. No matter what the season, your health and safety should always be your number one priority.