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Monday, May 19, 2014 - CentraState offers pediatric safety tips for parents

Contact: Karen Lippai, Public Relations & Marketing (732) 294-7080

CentraState offers pediatric safety tips for parents:
Summer is the most dangerous time for pediatric emergencies

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP—Summer brings more children to CentraState Medical Center’s Emergency Department than any other time of the year. Children are outside playing, riding bicycles and scooters, swimming at the beach, playing sports and just being kids. That’s the good news. The bad news is that many children will sustain injuries so serious that emergency medical treatment is sometimes necessary.

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent your child from injury. Children, from infants to teens, are still learning new things and challenging their bodies to perform. With this effort comes risk of injury. Rest assured, your children will probably need to visit the Emergency Department more than once before they become adults. It is a normal part of development. However, here are a few tips to help your family avoid some pediatric emergencies this summer.

Heat-Related Illnesses

The most common summer emergencies are related to exposure to high heat and humidity. When temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat stroke, cramps and heat exhaustion. The warning signs—fatigue, sweating, nausea or dizziness—should not be ignored. Make sure children are well hydrated throughout the day (water, ice pops, fruit), wear hats and SPF 50 sunscreen or higher, and avoid direct exposure to the heat of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Infants should not be exposed to direct sun for longer than a few minutes.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions to insect sting venom are mildly painful for most people, but for children, they can be life-threatening. Highly allergic people can suffer from anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic condition that affects the whole body. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, abdominal cramps and even abnormal heart activity (arrhythmia). People diagnosed with severe allergic reactions may carry an Epi-Pen or allergy kit for these situations. Otherwise, call 911 or bring your child in distress to the Emergency Department and call them in advance to let them know you are en route.

Head Injuries

Head traumas represent one of the most common and serious sports injuries. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head that can disrupt regular brain function. Concussion symptoms generally include acting dazed, stunned or confused; answering questions slowly; losing consciousness (even briefly); unable to recall events before or after the hit or fall, and personality changes. If any of these symptoms are observed, go to your nearest Emergency Department for a detailed head trauma evaluation.

If any serious or worsening pediatric healthcare situation occurs this summer, don’t wait. Call your pediatrician, go to the ER or call 911, depending on the severity of the condition and the age of the affected child. The sooner your child receives medical treatment, the quicker you’ll all be back enjoying the pleasures of summer.

CentraState Medical Center’s Emergency Department is a Level II emergency facility providing prompt emergency care for infants, children and adults 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Star and Barry Tobias Emergency Pediatric Care area of the Emergency Department is staffed with board-certified pediatricians with emergency room training on-site around the clock, and includes five private rooms decorated in child-friendly themes and amenities such as a family relaxation room.

To learn more about The Star and Barry Tobias Emergency Pediatric Care area of the Emergency Department at CentraState Medical Center, call 866-CENTRA7 (236-8727).

CentraState Healthcare System is a nonprofit community health organization consisting of an acute-care hospital, a health and wellness campus, three senior living communities, a Family Medicine Residency Program, and a charitable foundation. CentraState’s teaching program is sponsored by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


CentraState Healthcare System
901 West Main Street | Freehold, New Jersey 07728 | 732-431-2000