SSM Health Medical Minute – Summer Injuries: Why Choosing Emergency Or Urgent Care Is Essential
ST. LOUIS – As the summer months get warmer and kids get more active, injuries are on the rise as well.
The most common injuries during the summer months include broken bones, sprains, lacerations, concussions, sunburns, insect bites, and dog bites.
Amy Long, nurse practitioner at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Urgent Cares in northern and southern St. Louis County, says parents need to be aware of risky activities. Summer is fun, of course, but getting out and moving in rivers and lakes means taking extra precautions.
Parents should remind their children to wear helmets on bikes and hoverboards, wear and reapply sunscreen regularly after sweating or swimming and, if they stay outdoors frequently, apply insect repellant against it. insect bites and bee stings. As always, have a life jacket or life jacket on hand if the kids are by a pool, lake, or river.
Amy notes that any head injury, especially if your child is unconscious, should mean an immediate call to 911 and your child should go to an emergency room for assessment. Any major lacerations requiring stitches or sutures should be referred to the emergency room.
Broken bones, sprains and lacerations can be seen by their two new Cardinal Glennon Urgent Care Centers where x-rays can be taken and glue strips applied for broken skin that does not require stitches. All SSM Health emergency care centers have trained emergency providers to help you and your child get back to normal.
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The SSM Health Medical Minute airs Wednesdays on News 11 at 7 p.m. and FOX 2 News at 9 p.m.
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