How to Prevent Your Child From Injury This Spring

kids jumping on trampolineWhen spring arrives, it’s natural to want to spend more time outdoors. The warm temperatures and longer days are a welcome change for everyone, including children. Most kids enjoy the abundance of outdoor activities that come with the warming season. But with the outside play, there is a risk of injury.

Here are the most common outdoor exercises that children like and tips to help prevent injury:

Equipment of Wheels

Once the snow melts, kids love to ride their bikes and use their skateboards, scooters, and inline skates. While the sports equipment are fun to use, they also pose a risk of the child getting hurt while using them. Kids are at risk of mild to serious injuries from cuts and scrapes to sprains, broken bones, and head injuries. Mild cuts and scrapes can be treated by washing the area and applying a band-aide. More serious injuries should be looked at by a medical professional.

To help avoid some injury, inspect the products first to make sure they are in good riding condition. Your child should also wear safety equipment like helmets, wrist, and knee guards always while using their stuff.

Trampolines

Trampolines are very popular backyard play structures. These family favorites are great fun for children of all ages. Adults enjoy having these tumbling platforms because they are a great way to keep kids occupied for long periods of time. But as enjoyable as these jumping structures are, they also pose a high risk of injury. Every year, hundreds of kids end up in the emergency room with trampoline-related injuries. Falls, sprains, broken bones and head, neck, spinal injuries are very common.

To help prevent your child from getting hurt, inspect your unit at the beginning of the season and regularly throughout the year to make sure it’s in good working condition. The springs, safety padding protective wrap around netting, metal frame and bouncing platform should be in good working condition. Any damaged, broken or worn parts should be replaced.

Other things you can do to avoid accidents include: supervising children while on the structure, limiting the number of kids using the unit, and keep other accessories off the trampoline while it’s in use.

Hiking

Many families enjoy spending their days hiking in wooded areas. While this is a great way to spend quality time together, it can also pose different risks. Bug bites, adverse reactions to different plants, and injuries from falls are some of the more common ailments that people face. To avoid these injuries, get to know the area you are planning to hike. Learn about the different plants, bugs, and other terrains that you should avoid and taking it slow in unfamiliar areas will help reduce the risk of fall-related injuries. Be prepared by bringing first aid kits, water, and snacks. Wear proper clothing, footwear, and hiking gear.

Sports 

Kids love to run and play outdoors during the warmer months. There are many sports and other physical activities they participate in during this time of year. Soccer, baseball, and basketball are popular team sports. Skipping, hopscotch, play structures, and other school ground games are also very popular during the warm months. Whether playing on a team or for recreational fun, children risk harm while participating in these popular sports. Falls, head, neck, spinal, sprains, strains, broken bones, cuts, scrapes and numerous other injuries can happen.

Following the rules of the game, supervising play, wearing the proper safety equipment, and checking the tools needed before an event will help reduce falls and scrapes.

If injuries do occur, treat the milder ones, and seek medical help for more serious damage. Head, neck and spinal injuries are very serious. Chiropractic care can help treat these pains so that there is no long-lasting damage done to the child’s spinal region. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we help children maintain healthy backs through natural medical practices. An aligned spine is essential for proper growth and development.

By taking proactive steps, your children can enjoy an exciting, injury free spring.