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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Warmer weather means more time outside and an increase of injuries.
When playground accidents happen, parents often aren’t sure how serious an injury is.
“Mostly what we see are increased sprains, increased fractures from falls, trampoline injuries, any injuries that are sports related,” said Tracy Moore, a registered nurse with Providence St. Vincent.
She suggests giving a Tylenol or another pain reliever to try and ease the pain. But if that doesn’t work, consider taking them to urgent care or the emergency room.
“I think anytime they can’t put pressure on a limb, anytime they have difficulty moving or bending” is cause for a trip to the doctor.
Research shows trampoline and bouncy house injuries are on the rise with kids as more families have them in their backyards. In many cases, Moore said, it’s about crowd control.
“I think that’s the key. You get too many kids in one small bouncy house or trampoline and they’re excited. Energy, out of control, and they don’t make good choices to keep them safe.”
Bee stings are also a reason for kids to go to the doctor. If you can see the stinger, she said, try and remove it. Use an ice pack and maybe Benadryl, and keep an eye on the swelling.
“If there’s any increased swelling around the face, any hives, difficulty breathing, then they need to be seen and seen immediately,” Moore said.
If there are bees in your backyard, hang up bee traps. Make sure there’s a soft surface – like bark chips or rubber pieces – under the play structures your child uses.