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What are the biggest safety risks to your toddler?

Keeping kids safe is a full-time job, especially since the biggest risks they face change as they age. If you have a toddler running around, then you know how prone they are to accidents and how closely you have to watch them to prevent a disaster. Just because toddlers are so accident-prone, make sure you know the nearest place to get emergency care before you need it. Here is a look at some of the biggest safety risks that toddlers face, so you can be proactive about protecting your little one.

It doesn’t take long for kids to put something in their mouths that they shouldn’t. Toddlers in particular still like to explore the world with their mouths, and having the ability to walk, open drawers, and open bottles means that this kind of curiosity can become dangerous quickly.

Take steps to prevent poisoning by using child-safety locks on drawers and cabinets, and storing potential sources of poison out of reach. If you suspect your child has been exposed to a poisonous substance, seek emergency care immediately.

Exploring can also put your toddler at risk for burns. There are many places in the home where your child could experience a burn, so keep these safety tips in mind:

  • When possible, keep your toddler out of the kitchen when you’re cooking.
  • Keep the handles from pots and turn inward.
  • Don’t put hot drinks where kids can reach them.
  • Don’t leave your child unattended in the bath.

Although home care for some burns is safe for adults, a physician should examine all burns in toddlers.

Drowning is a leading cause of death in kids. Two inches of water is all it takes for a child to drown. Protect your toddler with these steps:

  • Close bathroom doors at all times.
  • Don’t leave water in buckets.
  • If you have a pool, make sure it is surrounded by a tall fence with a self-latching gate.

In a drowning emergency, call 911 or go directly to the ER.

At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we provide lifesaving care around the clock to patients of all ages, with full access to Sunrise Children’s Hospital. For illnesses or injuries that happen with your child, choose us for emergency care in Las Vegas. Call (702) 916-5023 for more information about our services.

Fight foodborne illness with better food safety

Foodborne illnesses—often referred to as food poisoning—generally affect the GI tract and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and chills. For people with chronic medical conditions, the very young, and the elderly, foodborne illnesses often require emergency care and can even become life-threatening. Fortunately, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from foodborne illnesses by strictly following food safety rules. Make your kitchen a safe zone with this advice.

Wash your hands
You may be surprised at how effective something as simple as washing your hands can be in promoting food safety. Never begin food preparation without first washing your hands. You should also wash your hands after handling raw meat or poultry, before touching any other ingredients.

Protect your family by making hand washing a mealtime rule. No one should begin eating their food without first washing their hands thoroughly.

Keep surfaces clean
When you’re in the midst of food preparation, it’s easy for food to touch surfaces that could be contaminated with bacteria and foodborne illness triggers. To avoid this, become a fanatic about maintaining clean surfaces as you cook.

When you use cutting boards or utensils on raw meat or poultry, rinse them with hot water and put them in your sink or dishwasher, so you can’t inadvertently reuse them. Wipe down your counters with soapy water any time you handle raw foods, especially before you put cooked food on them.

Get smart about serving
Hot foods should always remain hot, while cold foods should always remain cold. Keep perishable foods at the appropriate temperature until right before serving, and don’t eat perishable items that have been at room temperature for more than two hours—or for more than one hour on a day over 90 degrees F.

For serious cases of foodborne illnesses, visit the emergency room at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center for fast care. We’ll help you fight back against the symptoms and get back on your feet fast. Do you need more information about our services, including our freestanding ER at The Lakes in Las Vegas? Call us today at (702) 916-5023 with your questions.

When do leg cramps signal a bigger problem?

Nearly everyone experiences leg cramps now and then, so how do you know when yours are the sign of a serious medical issue? Although most leg cramps are innocuous, some can indicate an underlying problem, such as vascular disease, that requires treatment. If you’re experiencing leg cramps, consider calling your physician if you have any of these symptoms.

Your leg cramps can be reproduced at fixed distances.
When you visit your physician for leg cramps, he or she will ask about the pattern you have observed with your symptoms. As the video discussed, if your leg cramps can be reproduced by traveling a fixed distance, vascular disease could be to blame.

When physicians refer to reproducing cramps at a fixed distance, they want to know when your cramps occur. For instance, if your cramp occurs every time you travel the fixed distance of one block, it is an indicator of an underlying vascular problem.

Your leg cramps appeared when you started a new medicine.
Sometimes, people note that they experience an increase in leg cramps when they start a new medication. This can indicate that the blood flow to the legs is being disrupted in some way by the medication and that your muscles are being affected.

This kind of reaction to medication is not common, but it is one that should be discussed with your physician as soon as possible if you experience it.

Your leg cramps are persistent.
Generally, leg cramps that are frequent and persistent are signs of an underlying medical condition that should be addressed. Chronic dehydration, kidney failure, and uncontrolled diabetes are just some issues that can cause blood chemical imbalances that trigger leg cramps.

If you’re having persistent cramps, see your physician to find the cause. Often, identifying and treating the underlying issue will resolve the cramps.

Whatever the cause of your cramps, you can find the care you need at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. Talk to one of our nurses about your symptoms or simply call us to request a referral to a physician by dialing (702) 916-5023.

Sun safety in the workplace

The damage the sun does to the skin is cumulative. Developing sunburn just a few times can raise your lifetime risk of skin cancer. The sun also damages the eyes, raising the risk of eye cancers, cataracts and abnormal growths on the eyes. It’s common knowledge that sunscreen is an essential accessory for trips to the beach or walks in the park, but these precautions aren’t always followed in the workplace. Employees in all industries can benefit from protecting themselves from ultraviolet radiation. The healthcare providers at Southern Hills Hospital are here for you. Let us help you brainstorm solutions for living a healthier lifestyle.

Sun safety for indoor workers
Many people are surprised to learn that sun safety is important while indoors, as well as outdoors. Window glass does block UVB radiation well, but it’s less effective at blocking UVA radiation. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 50 percent or more of the UVA radiation directed at a window can pass through it and inflict damage on the skin cells of the person on the other side.

Researchers have identified asymmetrical sun damage on the faces of people who work long hours near a window. For instance, if you’re a librarian and you sit at a reference desk with a window to your left, you’ll eventually notice more signs of sun damage on the left side of your face than the right.

You can protect yourself by keeping some sunscreen at your workplace and reapplying it every two hours. Talk to your employer about having UV-protective film applied to the windows in your office.

Sun safety for outdoor workers
For people who work long hours under the hot sun, UV protection is even more important. Wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must. Outdoor workers can also do the following:

  • Wear UV-protective sunglasses
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Wear UV-protective clothing
  • Use lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher
  • Try to schedule indoor tasks when the sun is strongest

You’ll find your partner in health at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. We are a healthcare community of dedicated family physicians, specialists and nurses, all of whom are committed to healthcare excellence. Call our nurse referral line at (702) 916-5023.

What is dog walker watch?

New puppy parents have a lot to look forward to, including extra exercise opportunities in the form of dog walks. The National Night Out organization is asking dog walkers around the country to join their Dog Walker Watch program, which is intended to enhance public safety in the Las Vegas community and beyond. As a proud partner of the Las Vegas community, Southern Hills Hospital supports public safety and health initiatives.

The basics of National Night Out
Each year, National Night Out takes place on the first Tuesday in August. It’s held in cities around the country, as well as military bases around the world. Community organizers host events like block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals and safety demonstrations.

The purpose of National Night Out is to encourage stronger relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. By strengthening law enforcement/community ties, neighborhoods become safer.

A look at Dog Walker Watch
The National Night Out organization created Dog Walker Watch with an eye toward quicker reporting and police responses to potential crimes. At all hours, and in all kinds of weather, dog walkers are out in the neighborhood with their pets. This creates countless opportunities for dog walkers to spot signs of suspicious activity and report it.

Dog walkers are not encouraged to confront potential criminals, as this can jeopardize their own safety.

The precautionary steps to stay safe while walking
Whether or not you decide to join Dog Walker Watch, you should be aware of the potential risks of walking your dog, such as the risk of traffic accidents. If you must walk your dog after dusk, keep a flashlight on and attach a small light to your dog’s collar. Brightly colored clothing or reflective jackets are recommended.

Keep your dog on a short leash, and avoid flexi-leashes. Walk in designated pedestrian areas. If possible, ask a friend to walk with you.

Rain or shine, the emergency care physicians and nurses at Southern Hills Hospital are here for your family. Our focus is on providing the superior, patient-centered care you need with the friendly service you deserve. Call a registered nurse at (702) 916-5023 with your general questions about our medical specialties.

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