As promised, my friend Jordyn Redwood, ER nurse and writer extraordinaire is going to be posting common medical Q & A’s on my blog twice every month. I’m superexcited about this and think it will not only be a ton of fun but it will also be really informative. So, a huge thank you to Jordyn! And, if you want to know more about her, Jordyn is not only a novelist with a book coming out from Kregel in a few months, but she’s also a blogger who writes a superfun blog called “Redwood’s Medical Edge” where she discusses now novelists approach medical issues in their books. Check it out here.
We all want our children to have fun, right? Often times that means purchasing toys. As a pediatric ER nurse, there are some toys my children will not have and some that they do have but that I have to watch very cautiously. I’m not telling you not to buy these items. This is a personal decision for your family. However, if you have these items in your house, then extra caution is needed.
1. Trampolines: Few pediatric ER nurses will let their children have trampolines. We just see too many injuries associated with their use. The trouble is your child doesn’t even have to come off the trampoline to get an injury. I’ve seen lower leg and ankle fractures just from landing wrong on the surface. If you choose to have a trampoline, consider doing these things. One child at a time policy. Injuries tend to increase when there are multiple kids jumping at one time. Make sure the mat and springs are in good working order. Just watch America’s Funniest Home Videos to see how often they come apart.
2. Baby pool or above the ground pool: Simply, these are a danger for drowning. Children should never be left unattended near any body of water. It’s not unusual for drowning incidents to happen, particularly during summer holiday get-togethers, because the adults are talking with one another and no one is really watching the swimmers.
This became evident to me one July 4th gathering. The family had a large, blue, inflatable above ground pool. They had a children’s slide rigged up to it as a “water slide”. There were about fifteen kids in this small pool.
You know right where I parked myself. And, I was the only adult there.
My oldest daughter, who was about three at the time, slid down the pool into the water. When she hit the bottom, her feet couldn’t get enough traction to stand up. She begins to flop around. I can see she’s in trouble. I reach in to hoist her back on her feet.
Now, there were much older kids in that pool with her. Not one child stepped in to help or recognized that she was in trouble. Issue is… it is not their responsibility to do this. Point being, do not trust older children to be “lifeguards” unless they actually work as one.
3. Magnets: These are the “balls and sticks” that you can clink together to make geometric shapes. I’ll be the first to confess, these are pretty cool toys and we do have them in our house. An adult needs to observe children playing with them, particularly if there are younger children in the home.
The problem ensues if more than one is swallowed. What can happen is that they will attract to one another inside the intestines and trap tissue between them. Intestinal tissue that becomes trapped can lose its blood supply and die. A hole can also be created. These are both very bad things. So, just close observation when children are playing with these items.
Are there toys you consider dangerous that you will not let your children have?
Jordyn Redwood has served the pediatric population and their families for many years. She has five years of experience in the pediatric ICU and ten years of pediatric ER nursing which is the area she currently works. Jordyn also teaches CPR and advanced resuscitation courses.
Jordyn is also a suspense author. Her novel, Lilly’s Ashes, will be published by Kregel in the Spring of 2012. She also hosts a medical blog for authors which you can find at www.jordynredwood.com.
Disclaimer: Remember, these posts are for education and discussion. If your child is sick and you think they require medical attention, take them to their pediatrician or local emergency department.