Playing outside is beneficial to children in many ways. It is good for their physical and mental health and gives them the opportunity to socialize and make lasting memories.
Unfortunately, a head injury can change everything in an instant. Head injuries can occur at any time, but children are most at risk during the spring and summer months when they are active outdoors. As a parent, you can reduce your child’s risk by following appropriate precautions.
Provide a safe environment
Kids need a safe place to play. When bringing small children to the playground, make sure the area follows safety guidelines. Look for a soft ground covering, such as grass or mulch, to reduce the risk of an injury if your child falls from playground equipment.
At home, inspect play equipment regularly for damage. Keep your yard clear of debris that could present a tripping hazard, and make sure your children and their friends know which parts of your yard are safe for play.
Make sure they wear safety gear
From the moment your children first learn to ride a bike, they should get used to wearing a helmet all the time, even if they never leave your driveway. The same is true for roller blades, scooters and skateboards.
Know the symptoms of a head injury
The symptoms of a head injury may not appear until hours later and may include:
- Bruising or soreness
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
Severe head injuries can cause vomiting, seizures and bleeding from the ears or nose. Prompt medical attention is essential to avoid symptoms worsening.
Physical activity is vital to your children’s growth. As a parent, you can take precautions to help them enjoy their childhood safely.