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Keep Your Kids Out of Hot Cars

It might seem obvious to experienced parents and caregivers that it’s dangerous to leave a child in a hot car, but dozens of hot car deaths still occur every year. In fact, many of these deaths occur not because the parents were ignorant of the dangers, but because the exhausted parents simply forgot that they had kids in the backseat. This summer, the emergency care team at Southern Hills Hospital strongly urges parents throughout Las Vegas to become proactive about preventing deadly heatstroke in their children.

Understanding the Risks

There is no “safe” amount of time to leave a child in a parked car. Children can suffer heatstroke very quickly and will die when their body temperature is elevated to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the temperature inside a car can rise more than 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. When the temperature outside is just 60 degrees, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 110 degrees.

Keeping Your Child Safe

There is an increased risk of leaving a child in the backseat when parents change their schedules or are particularly exhausted. Ask the daycare provider or preschool teacher to call you if your child does not arrive at the usual time. Place important items like your purse, briefcase, or cell phone in the backseat with your child to reduce the possibility that you’ll leave without checking the backseat. Some parents also like to place a stuffed animal in the front seat whenever their child is in the backseat to serve as a visual reminder.

Keeping Other Children Safe

If you notice a child in a parked car without an adult nearby and the child appears to be in distress, call 911 immediately. Then, get the child out of the car and spray him or her with cool water. If a child is left alone in a car but does not appear to be in distress, wait no longer than a couple of minutes for the adult to return before calling 911. Always stay with the child until help arrives.

In the event that emergency care for heatstroke is required this summer, the team at Southern Hills Hospital is always standing by to initiate life-saving interventions. In addition to our emergency care, our community hospital in Las Vegas provides orthopedic surgery, geriatric psychiatry, and stroke care. Direct all medical emergencies to 911; non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services can be directed to (702) 880-2700.


How to Ensure a Healthy Back to School Season

With the new school year approaching quickly, kids are looking forward to seeing their classmates and parents are eagerly awaiting the structure of the school day. But while you’re out shopping for new clothes and school supplies, take a few minutes to consider the health needs of your child during the school year. Instilling good health habits in your child now will serve him or her well throughout a lifetime. If you have any concerns about your child’s wellness and you live in Las Vegas, consider talking to a pediatrician at Southern Hills Hospital.

Sleep

Sleep is essential for your child’s physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. It’s also an important cornerstone in academic progress. Every child’s sleep requirements are a little different, but most kids between the ages of six and 13 need about nine to 11 hours of sleep each night. If your child has been staying up late on summer nights, begin enforcing a consistent, earlier bedtime well before school starts. If your child has trouble getting to bed, make sure he or she enjoys quiet, non-stimulating activities that do not involve electronic devices before going to bed.

Nutrition

Your child’s pediatrician can offer guidance on his or her specific nutritional needs. In general, every child should eat a nutritious breakfast that ideally includes whole grains, calcium, a protein source, and a fruit or vegetable. Talk with your child about making healthy choices in the school cafeteria or send him or her to school with a nutritious lunch.

Bullying

Bullying is a major problem in schools. Many parents think of bullying as a social issue, rather than a health issue. But in fact, bullying can cause physical harm and lasting psychological damage. Let your child know that bullying is not acceptable and that being bullied is not his or her fault. Help your child develop strategies for dealing with bullying if it happens. You can encourage your child to maintain open communication with you by being a good listener and avoiding the use of judgmental comments. Making observational remarks such as, “That must have hurt your feelings,” can encourage your child to further discuss the issue.

Southern Hills Hospital is your family’s partner in wellness. We offer responsive emergency care, compassionate maternity services, and comprehensive orthopedic care to families throughout Las Vegas. If you have a question about our hospital services or would like to request a referral to a specialist, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700.


Helping Your Child Prevent Eye Injuries

Did you know that summer is the peak time for visits to emergency care departments? Eye injuries are a particularly alarming type of medical emergency because of the possible risk of permanent vision loss. In children, eye injuries can occur while at school, in the home, or while playing outdoors. You can help protect your child from eye injuries by taking some simple precautions. If an eye injury does occur, the emergency care team at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas is always available to help.

Protective Eyewear

Equip your child with protective eyewear when necessary. Use safety glasses when teaching your child skills like using sandpaper or doing other household projects. Depending on your child’s chosen sport, he or she may need protective eyewear to play. A pediatrician or sports coach can provide further guidance.

Age-Appropriate Toys

Toys that involve projectiles may be exciting for kids, but they can also lead to eye injuries. Avoid potentially dangerous toys like darts, bows and arrows, and any other toys that are intended to be thrown or fired.

Safety Devices

Childproofing the home is a must when bringing home a new baby, but many parents forget about the importance of childproofing a “home away from home.” If you plan on traveling this summer, check with the hotel or your family’s hosts about available childproofing devices and potential hazards in the home. You may need to bring safety devices like outlet covers and duct tape. Duct tape is an ideal tool for traveling parents because it allows them to quickly and easily put window blind cords out of reach, tape drawers shut, and affix soft rags to sharp corners to prevent eye injuries.

The emergency care department at Southern Hills Hospital features sophisticated diagnostic equipment and advanced medical treatments. In the event that specialized pediatric care becomes necessary, our hospital in Las Vegas offers direct access to Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Please call 911 for medical emergencies; general inquiries about our hospital services may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 880-2700.


Keeping Your Cool When You Exercise This Summer

Physical activity is a cornerstone of good health, boosting mood, activity levels, and general wellness. However, outdoor activities in the hot conditions of the desert climate can physically tax the body without proper precautions, leading to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. Las Vegas healthcare providers typically see an increase in emergency care visits due to heat-related illnesses during the summer—keep reading to find out how you can avoid these situations and keep your cool while staying fit this year.

Acclimate to the Heat

Even moderate levels of activity on a hot day can quickly lead to dehydration and heat-related illness. However, did you know that you can actually train your body to function more efficiently in hot, dry conditions? You can acclimate your body to working out over the summer by starting out with short, 10-20-minute workouts at the beginning of the season and working your way up to longer workouts by adding a few minutes to your outdoor routine each day. For the best results, make sure to carry water with you and take a drink whenever you start to feel thirsty, rather than putting off hydration until the end of your workout.

Cool Your Core

Cooling your body from the inside out is one of the most effective ways to regulate your temperature and improve your workout in hot conditions. To cool your core, drink ice water or chew on ice during your workout. Placing your water bottle in the freezer for a short while can quickly cool the water and keep it cold throughout your exercise routine. When you’re through, drinking a healthy smoothie as a post-workout snack can boost energy levels while simultaneously reducing body temperature.

At Southern Hills Hospital, our hospital and emergency care center in Las Vegas are committed to delivering high-quality healthcare in a comfortable and modern setting. You can find out more about our emergency care services, including our InformER text service, on our website; you can also reach a registered nurse for more healthcare information by phone at (702) 880-2700.


Choosing the Right Safety Gear for Summer Activities

Outdoor activities are a popular pastime during the summer, as plentiful sun and warm temperatures create the perfect environment for team sports and outdoor workouts. One of the easiest ways to stay safe and avoid orthopedic injuries during summertime activities is wearing safety gear, which can both reduce your risk of trips or falls and minimize damage if an accident occurs. Thus, choosing the right safety gear for your planned activity is a positive step towards a healthier, more enjoyable summer.

Focus on Footwear

Regardless of the sport or activity, you’re planning, footwear can be one of the most important pieces of safety gear you’ll wear. Properly-fitted athletic shoes can improve traction, reduce falls, and provide support for the joints and muscles as the body moves to prevent orthopedic pain and injuries. In addition to ensuring your footwear is the right size, also check over shoes before each game or workout session to identify signs of wear or damage. Rather than trying to make shoes last to save money, replace your shoes regularly to prevent injuries and improve safety.

Get Your Own Gear

There is no substitute for bringing your own safety gear to the playing field. Avoid borrowing gear from a friend or other individual, as this gear may not be in good condition and isn’t likely to fit properly. If you plan to pursue a sport for any period of time, invest in your own high-quality gear that fits and meets your specific safety needs. Keep your gear clean and check its condition regularly, and take action when cleaning, repair, or replacement is needed.

At Southern Hills Hospital, our goal is to provide patients with the information they need to enjoy a healthy and safe lifestyle. Our medical services include emergency care and orthopedic surgery in Las Vegas to ensure you receive the care you need to treat injuries and illnesses at any time of the year. Please stop by our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (520) 722-5079 for more information about our health resources and health care providers.


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