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Small child reaching for household cleaners

Keep them safe from household hazards

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Almost all poisonings take place in the home. More than half involve kids younger than age 6. The experts at the South Texas Poison Center, located at UT Health San Antonio, recommends that if you THINK someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 for advice and consultation. Don’t wait for the person you’re worried about to look or feel sick before seeking help. And don’t try home remedies on your own. To prevent poisonings in the first place, here are a few recommendations aimed at keeping your family safe from harm: Never leave small children alone in a room with cleaning, …Read More >

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Ho ho ho — oh, no!

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

It seemed like a pretty good idea at the time, climbing your 12-foot extension ladder to hang the lights along the eaves of the house. Until you landed after free-falling all the way back down. “The holidays are especially tough times for falls from ladders,” said Dr. Bruce Adams, chair of emergency medicine at University Hospital and UT Health San Antonio. “Us men, we want to get up there hang the lights, get up on the roof, put Santa and the reindeer on the roof — and we fall.” Dr. Adams, speaking to KENS5 reporter Jeremy Baker, said ladders are …Read More >

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A dog is dressed up as a ghost for Halloween with a candy basket in its mouth

The best fright is fun fright. How to be safe on Halloween

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

Halloween is supposed to be spooky fun. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the busiest nights of the year for emergency departments — including University Hospital’s. It’s not hard to understand why. Lots and lots of happy, energetic kids are circulating through neighborhoods after dark, their excitement overcoming any sense of caution when darting across streets to demand candy at the next available house with decorations and a bright porch light. “Halloween can be the deadliest night of the year for our children,” said Jennifer Northway, director of University Health System’s Injury Prevention Program. “Make sure they are safe.” The chances of …Read More >

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Beware the button

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

They’re in all sorts of electronic gadgets and toys. The problem starts when your toddler grabs hold of one. Some call them button batteries because of their resemblance to buttons. But they’re also health hazards if a young child swallows them. The large 3-volt lithium batteries are especially dangerous because they react with saliva to generate a chemical reaction that can cause serious damage to tissues and even death. “Because it is a battery, the circuit can be completed,” Dr. Tim McEvoy, an emergency medicine physician at University Health System, said in an interview on KSAT’s SA Live program. “ …Read More >

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Don’t spend July 4th in the emergency room

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

They’re loud, exciting and colorful — steeped in the traditions of our nation’s Independence Day celebrations. We’re talking fireworks, of course. Unfortunately, they also send some 3,000 children a year to emergency rooms across the country with painful burns and blast injuries that are completely avoidable. You can still enjoy the spectacle while keeping your kids safe, said Dr. Lillian Liao, pediatric trauma and burn director at University Hospital, and assistant professor of surgery at UT Health San Antonio. “As we enjoy the company of our family and friends, barbecue and watermelon — all in celebration of our freedom this …Read More >

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A child in a red shirt finds a hand gun in their parent's room

An awkward conversation

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

Would you be willing to have an awkward conversation with another parent if it might save a life? That’s the premise of the ASK Campaign (Asking Saves Kids), which encourages parents to ask the parents of their children’s friends about access to guns in the home. One out of three homes with children has a gun, and close to 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun, by one estimate. The results can be tragic. Thousands of children nationwide are injured and killed by guns each year as a result. “We really want to educate parents …Read More >

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A family is loaded into the car with luggage strapped to the roof as they drive through the countryside

Hitting the road Memorial Day Weekend? Read this first.

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

The long Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer travel season. In fact,  AAA predicts that 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend — the most people since 2005. A strong economy and still-affordable gas prices are among the reasons. The downside of all that travel, of course, is the risk of injury and death on our highways — particularly for those who fail to properly secure themselves and their families in cars. The Texas Department of Transportation is putting out the word through its Click It or Ticket campaign that seat belt laws will …Read More >

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Celebrating the New Year safely

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

To many, New Year’s Eve means silly hats, noisemakers and fireworks displays. To help you and your loved ones have a safe and happy New Year’s holiday, Health Focus SA is offering this rerun of our July 4 column on fireworks safety. Don’t think of it as old news. Think of it as timeless advice. If your celebration plans include Champagne — or any other adult beverage — recruit a designated driver or take a bus or taxi home. The Texas Department of Transportation has an easy-to-use site, SoberRides.org, which uses your location to help you find alternate transportation. And AAA Texas offers …Read More >

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A little boy in a raccoon costume snacks on a carrot stick

Spooky but safe

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Wellness

Once again, spooky pint-sized trick-or-treaters will soon be roaming neighborhoods in search of goodies. Unfortunately, Halloween also brings a spike in injuries and emergency rooms visits. Here’s how you and your kids can stay safe and still have plenty of fun. “It is one of the top four days of the year that children go to the ER for injuries,” said Dr. Bruce Adams, chairman of emergency medicine at the UT Health Science Center and University Hospital. The most serious injury is children struck by cars. “We see a four-fold increase in children struck by cars on Halloween,” Dr. Adams said. …Read More >

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The safest possible ride home

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Pregnancy

It’s one of the most memorable moments in life, bringing a newborn home from the hospital. But a new study suggests that moment might be fraught with peril. The study, presented Monday at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, found that 93 percent of parents making that trip home from the hospital made at least one major error when it came to installing the infant’s car seat, or in securing the infant in the seat. “Car safety seats can be difficult to use correctly for many families, and we need to provide the resources …Read More >

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