The weather is finally warming up and schools are getting ready to close their doors for summer break, which means many families will soon be spending more time in and around water. With proper supervision, swimming activities are a great way for kids to get exercise and cool off, but parents need to be aware of the risks.
Drowning continues to be the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 19, with toddlers and teenage boys among the biggest risk groups. This summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated guidelines on water safety and drowning prevention, including a relaxed stance on swimming lessons for children less than 4 years old and updated suggestions for guarding large, portable and inflatable pools that have gained popularity in the past few years.
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by Devika Rao, MD, Pulmonary Fellow
For a pediatric pulmonologist, the winter brings numerous questions from parents and other physicians regarding the management of recurring breathing problems in infants. Some of these infants have colds and some have chronic wheezing.
Some are hospitalized with bronchiolitis – an inflammation of the small airways of the lung. Bronchiolitis is typically caused by viruses, most commonly the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and infection rates peak from December to March. Symptoms range from just a cold with a runny nose, to wheezing or even severe difficulty breathing requiring hospitalization. Some of the many known risk factors that predispose children to bronchiolitis include daycare attendance, tobacco smoke exposure and prematurity. …
David Mooney, MD, MPH, director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Trauma Program, is interviewed about summer safety on New England Cable News.