Risk for Falls and Resulting Head Injuries that can Occur Poolside

Summertime is approaching which means that kids are spending more and more time at the pool.  While swimming is an inherent part of summer and childhood memories, parents need to be aware of the increased risk for falls and resulting head injuries that can occur poolside.  Diving boards can be slippery and hazardous, and parents should therefore check the surface of the board and insure that it has slip resistant surfacing.  Hard concrete surfaces around a pool are especially dangerous, and parents should do everything possible to discourage and prevent kids from running, to avoid children falling and striking their head on the surface or side of the pool.  If a fall does occur and the head is affected, do not minimize the potential consequences.  Any symptoms such as headache, vomiting, or blurred vision should be immediately evaluated.  Let’s keep our kids safe from brain injury – take common sense approaches to poolside safety and enjoy the summer.

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