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Monday, July 31st, is National Heatstroke Prevention day, and in honor of that, I wanted to reintroduce Dr. Aditya Belawadi's post about child heatstroke in cars from last summer.
Caring for or working with a family of young children? Let's discuss a new study that examines the rates and pattern of nursery product-related injuries in young children.
Read more about a recent study exploring the rates and patterns of injury from strollers and infant carriers.
Read more for new information about the risks of pediatric injury at trampoline parks.
With summer temperatures in full swing and a heatwave impacting about half of the country, the threat of pediatric heatstroke is ongoing, so it is timely that this Sunday, July 31st marks National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the day is intended to bring awareness and education to the public about understanding and preventing pediatric heatstroke.
Tomorrow, July 31st, marks NHTSA’s annual National Heatstroke Prevention Day, designed to bring awareness to this issue and share simple prevention tips with families. Unfortunately, an average of 37 children have died from heatstroke since 1998, the majority of which are accidentally left behind in a hot vehicle by a caregiver. Although this remains a complex topic, recent technological advancements represent an important step forward in finding a vehicle-based solution to avoiding these preventable tragedies.
Car seats are essential for keeping children protected in motor vehicles. However, parents and caregivers may not realize that car seats (and other sitting/carrying devices) can actually pose a serious threat to children when they are used outside of their intended purposes. Recent research has explored injuries and even fatalities that can occur when these devices are used inappropriately.
On the eve of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, people are talking about "missed opportunities" to have prevented that tragic event. Now is the time to look hard at our health and education systems in the US and find ways to correct them to reduce the risk of untreated mental health issues leading to deadly mass violence. Programs and policies with these key aims could work.
This blog explores how a multi-faceted approach is needed to reduce the prevalence of pediatric heat stroke. A combination of education, awareness, and technology can help families avoid these preventable tragedies.
Media attention, research dollars, and awareness campaigns often target distracted driving and drunk driving as serious impairments that can impact drivers of any age. Another type of driving impairment that receives less attention, but whose prevalence and consequences are also significant, has suddenly been thrust into the national spotlight through a recent crash involving actor Tracy Morgan. That impairment is drowsy driving.