The summer months can be particularly dangerous for Houston’s youngest population, as they venture out into the heat to enjoy the pool, beach, backyard barbecue or fireworks demonstrations. As a pediatric Level I Trauma Center, we see an increased number of patients during the summer for injuries related to drowning, heat and firework burns.
Did you know:
- Drowning is among the leading causes of death for children, claiming more children’s lives than anything else except birth defects.
- Prolonged time in the heat may lead to dehydration and heatstroke, which can be life-threatening if left untreated. Children, as well as adults over the age of 60, are particularly susceptible to complications from these injuries.
- Thousands of people are treated each year for injuries related to fireworks; many of these injuries could have been avoided by using proper safety measures when handling fireworks.
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has teamed up with the Houston Fire Department and Texas Children’s Hospital, the city’s other pediatric Level I trauma center – together with other community partners – to raise awareness about the increased risks children face during the summer months and to offer critical tips for parents and caregivers on how to keep children safe this season
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