Pediatricians tell mothers how to ensure children’s health and safety during the holiday April 30 – May 1

On the holiday of April 30 – May 1, the need for families to go out increases, but young children may face many risks of injury such as food poisoning, falls, and drowning. , COVID – 19… parents absolutely must not be subjective.
According to Dr. Le Ngoc Duy – Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Poison Control, National Children’s Hospital, informed: “Every year, on each holiday from April 30 to May 1 , the Department of Emergency Medicine and Poison Control, Hospital The number of children admitted to the hospital due to injuries at the National Children’s Hospital is often higher than usual because young children are often hyperactive and do not have awareness or reflexes to protect themselves. Children hospitalized due to injuries and accidents have many Forms such as: skin wounds, broken bones, poisoning, burns, drowning…”.

Especially for children living in big cities, on holidays, children often return to their hometowns with their families, or travel… with a new environment that brings many strange things to children, while adults are often negligent and do not pay attention. Close supervision causes children to encounter many unfortunate situations that endanger their health and life.

In addition, the number of COVID-19 infections reported in provinces and cities nationwide is increasing again. Young children with immature immune systems are very susceptible to disease.

Things to note when taking young children on family trips
According to Dr. Le Ngoc Duy, to have a successful trip and ensure safety for children, parents need to note the following:

Before traveling, parents need to guide their children in skills when getting lost, such as absolutely not following strangers. For young children 3 – 4 years old, it is necessary to remember their parents’ names, addresses, and phone numbers. For children from 6 years old, it is necessary to present lost situations and guide them on how to handle them.

Choose a tourist destination when your family has young children. Parents need to consider when traveling that the distance from home to the amusement park is not too far. If traveling far, they need to combine a motel with other amenities.

You should prepare necessary items such as medicine, clothes… Some medicines can be brought as backup such as flu medicine, fever reducer, cough medicine, anti-allergy medicine, digestive enzymes, mosquito repellent creams. , sunscreen, wind oil… Regarding clothes, choose comfortable clothes for children. Especially strengthening and supplementing children’s resistance.

It is necessary to keep an eye on children at all times, everywhere. When traveling to new lands, children easily get excited and go to many places, leading to getting lost. Or if families go out in crowded places, just a little carelessness of the parents can cause the child to get lost. Therefore, children must be instructed not to go with strangers, and parents must pay attention to their children and not take their eyes off them. When children get lost, they must stay calm to find a solution.

The holiday from April 3 to May 1 often falls in the early summer, so many families choose to travel to the beach. When visiting these areas, parents need to be aware of the risk of drowning that can happen to children. Young children are often very playful, often soaking in water for a long time, which leads to heat stroke or cramps causing drowning. Or children are so busy playing that they swim into water that is too deep, which can also lead to drowning… To avoid unfortunate situations, parents should only let their children play near the shore, with their parents watching.

At the same time, when going to strange places, the child’s daily routine is disturbed, and the child may suffer from some diseases related to the digestive tract.

In particular, recently, the COVID – 19 epidemic situation is becoming more complicated, children have poor resistance, so the risk of getting sick is high. Parents should absolutely not let down their vigilance and be subjective about the epidemic.

Also according to Dr. Le Ngoc Duy, during the holidays, parents need to clean their children’s hands, feet and throat regularly. Supplement adequate nutrients, wear a mask to avoid contact with sick children. At the same time, when the baby has unusual symptoms such as cough, fever, etc., suspected of having COVID-19, parents should follow rules to prevent infection and take the baby to a medical facility for timely examination and treatment. time.

Benedict Donnelly

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