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First Snow: Stay Warm!
last updated:
Wed, 12/26/2012 1:14 PM

Are your kids eager to play in the snow today? Make sure they're dressed properly for the cold temperature! Dr. Barry Gilmore, medical director of Emergency Services at Le Bonheur, shares some tips for the winter season.

  • As a general rule of thumb, parents should dress young children and babies in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. Kids playing outside should dress in several layers to stay warm and dry. "Don’t forget boots, gloves, hats and scarves," says Gilmore. "Extremities like fingers, toes, noses and chins are particularly susceptible to developing frostbite."
  • Signs of frostbite include feelings of numbness, pain or change of skin color. If you suspect frostbite, bring your child indoors and place frostbitten part in warm (not hot water). Water temperature should be no higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not rub the affected area. If numbness continues, call your child’s doctor or seek medical attention.
  • Bring children inside frequently to warm up during outdoor play. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures could cause hypothermia, which occurs more quickly in children than adults. Warning signs include confusion, shivering, slurred speech and sleepiness. If you suspect hypothermia, call 911 and immediately bring your child indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap him or her in blankets.
  • Parents should NOT wrap infants in blankets to sleep. Loose bedding could lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A one-piece, zip-up "sleep sack" is the best way to keep babies warm while sleeping.
Furniture, TVs: Keep Secured
last updated:
Wed, 11/02/2011 3:00 PM

Former Le Bonheur patient Brooklyn Barton and director of Emergency Services Barry Gilmore, MD, were featured on the local news last night in a story about the danger of TVs and other household furniture that can tip over. A few years ago, Brooklyn, now 10, was rushed to Le Bonheur, suffering severe brain injury, after a television fell on top of her.

A child is killed once every two weeks by such accidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which released startling statistics about furniture tip-over-related incidents this fall.

As what happened in Brooklyn’s incident, the most common cases involve toddlers or kids who have climbed onto or pulled themselves up on furniture. There are ways to prevent injuries and deaths caused by furniture or TVs tipping over, and parents should take note to ensure that their children are protected.

Here’s what the CPSC recommends:

  • Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor.
  • Place TVs on sturdy, low bases or anchor the furniture and the TV on top of it, and push the TV as far back on the furniture as possible.
  • Keep remote controls, toys and other items that might attract children off TV stands or furniture.
  • Keep TV and/or cable cords out of reach of children.
  • Make sure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
  • Supervise children in rooms where these safety tips have not been followed.

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