Hot weather, fall and fall kids: What parents can do now to avoid injuries

It’s the time of year when the summer heat is gone and autumn is beginning. Leave the red roses for another time. It’s time to freeze your toes in icy autumn weather. Many of us …

It’s the time of year when the summer heat is gone and autumn is beginning. Leave the red roses for another time. It’s time to freeze your toes in icy autumn weather.

Many of us take part in hot sports, steamy houses, or hot tubs, all of which increase our chances of slipping, tumbling, falling or getting hurt. All it takes is one slip and a trip into a jagged wall of falling shards can leave you screaming for help.

Everyone’s got to get them on a few times a year to prevent that embarrassing and often costly injury. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, weather can also be a killer.

Both injuries and deaths increased last year from 2011 levels. The two most common types are heat exhaustion and falls, with falls causing 30 percent of all childhood deaths.

Dr. Shyam Shrivastava, the medical director for Safe Kids Worldwide, believes parents should begin planning their fall safety before the leaves change because they are the most likely to get injured during a fall or heat-related illness.

“Prepare now so when the falling and the harsh weather occurs, you’re ready,” Dr. Shrivastava says.

That’s about preparing for the hot, but hard-to-cope-with, fall weather, by giving your children a water bottle and testing their swimming ability and knowledge.

“For younger children, teach them to have water bottles in hand with them everywhere,” he says. “Put them at eye level. Use immersion in water as a battle. It’s a nice tool for them to have with them. After that, they’re good to go.”

Dr. Shrivastava also recommends anti-abuse medication that will help them concentrate and lose the desire to slip and fall.

Dr. Shrivastava suggests managing children’s weight, limiting candy intake, creating art projects and other fun activities to help them learn to enjoy fall.

If it’s too hot for them to go outside, why not be creative? After all, the flames of summer have burned out and there are no more hats. Enjoy the fall and, one day, all those leaves may end up as you’s garden.

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