Health warning for kids this Christmas
IN THE lead-up to Christmas, health authorities have issued a call for common sense to avoid a visit to the emergency department during the festive season.
South West Hospital and Health Service executive director of medical services Dr Chris Buck said risktaking behaviour seemed to increase over the Christmasnew year school holiday period.
Dr Buck said 700 children aged 16 years and under presented to the region’s main emergency departments during the previous Christmas-new year school holiday period, between December 11, 2016 and January 22, 2017.
These presentations included 276 at Roma Hospital, 202 at St George Hospital, 163 at Charleville Hospital and 59 at Cunnamulla Hospital.
Dr Buck said strains, sprains, cuts, bruises and gastroenteritis, along with the occasional open wound and fracture, topped the list of children’s presentations during the Christmas school holiday period.
“We also had a number of children presenting with various middle ear infections,” he said.
“When finished swimming, it’s important to ensure ears are dried thoroughly to minimise the risk of infection.
“And never leave children – or animals – unattended in cars in the heat. (It) can be fatal in a surprisingly short period of time.”