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Vacation and Holiday safety tips for children

happy-holidays

With summer vacation round the corner, this is the time where most of the families plan a holiday with family and friends. It could be your favorite tourist destination or home town visit to grandparents. Lot of travelling, odd time sleep, special traditions and awesome food and hectic schedule; it all can take a toll on the health of your little ones.

Here are few tips which might come handy in making holidays memorable and preventing emergency visits to hospital.

  • Choking and swallowing: avoid keeping foods which can cause choking near young kids. In less than 3-4 years old kids, peanuts, ground nuts, any small round items like tree decoration, small toys can be very dangerous, if accidently swallowed. Danger of these items going into lungs and causing breathing difficulty. We get lots of Emergency room visits for the same, it might even need bronchscopy to remove these items.
  • Poisoning: Lots of accidental ingestion of poisonous decorative items, which might look very attractive to small babies (eg Christmas decorative items, toilet cleaner, floor cleaner). Sometime kids might accidently drink alcohol based drinks (left over of party), dispose of all those stuff safely, before going to sleep.
  • Fire: Accident burn injuries are common near bonfire. Whenever partying make sure kids are under constant supervision.
  • Road safety tips to avoid accidents: Use Car seats for small kids and proper size seat belts for older kids (it can be life saving in case of accidents on long road trips).
  • Accidents: Keep fancy decoration items which are easily breakable out of reach of children. Keep children under constant supervisions. Outdoor activities of kids need to be monitored too.
  • Kit of emergency drugs to be kept safely with you before travelling. Common medicines for vomiting, gas , fever can be kept to be used in case of emergency before you are able to consult any doctor.
  • Maintain general Hygiene measures at all time and follow universal precautions. It is always advisable to have a general check up done with your doctor before you head for long holidays.

Happy Holidaying

Regards

Dr Rahul Varma

Seat belt safety for kids and adults

A few important lessons to be learnt from the the car accident involving  car of actress Hema Malini  and another car in which a child died:

1) Hema Malini was in a Mercedes-Benz, without doubt one of the 3 safest brands in the world. So was Lady Diana. Both suffered massive injury, with Diana succumbing to injuries.

2) If they’re such safe cars with Lakhs of rupees worth latest safety equipment why the injury? That is because both were not wearing seat belts.

3) Airbags are meant to save you beyond the safety offered by seat belts. If you are not wearing a belt, the airbag can kill you rather than the accident. So as a safety feature airbag WILL NOT deploy if belt is not worn.

4) Seat belts are to save you and not to save the traffic police. They’re to be worn at all times, on all seats and all speeds. A head injury at 20 kmph will kill you as efficiently as an injury at 150 kmph.

5) The toddler killed in the accident would surely have survived provided a) she was in the rear seat b) strapped in with a child seat. Remember : Children below 16 always in the rear seat and always strapped into a child seat (under specific body weight) or booster seat (over specific weight).

Above lines are copied from facebook post of Mr Pratik Thakkar; but they are worth sharing to create awareness.

 

 

Seat Belts are for our own safety and safety of loved ones. If you as a parent can buy cars worth in lakhs, then surely you guys can buy car seat worth few thousand. Every year so many lives are lost due to not wearing seat belts effectively.

 

It is a criminal offence in developed countries not to have the children in child seats. The kid will resist for first week, but once used to it won’t be comfortable without a child seat.

As a parent, we should be responsible for safety of our kids, once anything bad happens, you will feel guilty for rest of your life. No matter how much you fight with others after the accident (no matter how much you hold responsible the other guy for accident), damage will be done once and for all.

So it is better to be safe than sorry.

 

Regards

Dr Rahul Varma

” Safe kids, Happy Family”