Doctors warn of common summer injuries for children

Summertime means children are outside playing -- and getting injured -- more often. Doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH, have determined the five most common injuries that land children in the hospital during the summer months:

Falls. Many fall injuries occur on playgrounds. The hospital recommends parents look for playgrounds with a mulch or shredded-tire surface to reduce the risk of injury.

Bicycle injuries. Children should be taught to always wear their helmet, use hand signals and walk their bicycle across intersections. Additionally, parents should make sure the seat and handlebars on the bike are properly sized for the child.

Burns. Typically, older children suffer flash burns from items such as campfires and fireworks, whereas younger children are more likely to suffer scald burns from hot food or water. To prevent these, supervise children and keep hot items away from the edges of tables and counters.

Motorized vehicles. All-terrain vehicles, scooters, cars and golf carts all carry a risk of injury. Children always should be properly supervised on or around any of these vehicles.

Drowning. Parents and caregivers should practice "touch supervision" -- never be out of reach of a child in the water. Caregivers also should be certified in CPR and ensure children are wearing approved flotation devices.

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