Did you know that summer is the peak time for visits to emergency care
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.
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.
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.
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.