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ER visits for kids spike in summertime

School is out, which means emergency rooms are keeping busy with kids Summertime injuries. (Source: WAFF) School is out, which means emergency rooms are keeping busy with kids Summertime injuries. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

School is out, which means emergency rooms are keeping busy with kids' summertime injuries. 

Every summer, doctors see the same injuries over and over again.

"Common lacerations from being outside, playing hard, falling down, broken bones," listed pediatrician Dr. Jessica Bramscome, director of Huntsville Hospital's Pediatric ER. 

She says parents need to take extra care to prevent injury, like keeping kids well hydrated, going over water safety, wearing helmets and protective gear when doing certain activities.

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With the 4th of July coming up, be warned that emergency rooms see a lot of burns in the summer. 

"We see a lot of burns from sparklers; sparklers can be a lot of fun, but you have to be careful on how far they burn down. They can burn the tips of your fingers. Bottle Rockets are the same, they can be very hot and they should be somewhere that's well supervised and done by an adult." the doctor said.

Finally, Dr. Bramscome advises: Don't second guess yourself when your child is injured. If you feel the injury is serious, call your doctor immediately or head to the ER.

"If you've had a traumatic injury; if you've fallen, your child's arm is swollen, their leg hurts, they're having problems walking or you have cuts that are bleeding," she said.

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