Power Point Cover (Micky HaHa)
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Be aware of bites and stings
About 36 children under the age of 14 are treated each week at a Queensland emergency department for venomous bites or stings. Across Australia, six children under the age of nine are admitted to hospital each week due to a bite or sting.
Most deaths are from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can cause parts of the body to swell up (usually face or throat), preventing a child from breathing. In severe cases, children may go into shock within a few minutes and the heart can stop.
The risks for children is that are more vulnerable to stings and bites because they are less cautious than adults and more likely to get close to venomous creatures. Boys are more likely than girls to receive a bite or a sting. Because children have smaller bodies and weigh less than adults, they are more susceptible to the effects of venom.
In Queensland, spider bites are the most common type of bites and stings, closely followed by stings from bees and wasps. Bites and stings from snakes, jellyfish, ants and ticks are also common. The most severe bites and stings involve jellyfish, snakes or spiders.
Most often, children are bitten or stung around the home, garden or garage,1,2 and bites and stings are more common in the warmer months of the year.
Snakes are more commonly seen and are more aggressive during the warmer weather, when they are hunting for a mate (often in January).
Spiders: Children are mostly bitten on the upper arm or lower leg. Serious spider bites in Australia are most commonly due to redback spider bites, and less frequently, funnel-web spiders.
Pain and discomfort occurs in all spider bites, and red marks and itchiness occur in most spider bites. However, most spider bites are not dangerous. Symptoms of serious spider bite may include redness and itching, sweating, pain, headache, nausea, tiredness and muscular spasms.
If your child has these symptoms and you suspect that they have been bitten by a spider, seek medical attention urgently.
Snakes: Dangerous snake bites in Australia are usually due to five main species – brown snakes, tiger snakes, black snakes, taipans, and death adders. In Queensland, snake bites requiring hospitalisation are mostly due to brown snakes. Children are mostly bitten on the lower leg or foot. Symptoms include pain and swelling at the bite site, muscle tenderness/ weakness, drooping eyelids, change in vision, paralysis and difficulty in breathing.
It can be difficult to identify poisonous snakes from non-poisonous varieties, so if your child is bitten by any snake, seek urgent medical care.
To reduce your risk of snakebite, avoid touching any snake. Instead, back away slowly. Most snakes avoid people if possible and bite only when threatened or surprised.
What products in your home are causing the most injuries? What are the hidden dangers?
A study by Dr Kirsten McKenzie (CARRSQ @ QUT) identified that children up to 6 years of age are at most risk of injury around the home. Consumer products causing the most injuries in this age group include prams, strollers, cots, high chairs, baby change tables, bunk beds, trampolines and magnets.
The data showed that there are almost 100 injuries a year from baby change tables, and 1 in 5 of those toddlers needed to be hospitalised. Almost 300 kids a year were treated for injuries related to bunk beds, with 4 to 6 year olds most commonly hurt.
Falls from bunk beds are a common occurrence between the ages 1 to 9 years. Injuries reported include traumatic brain injuries, contusions to the head and fractures to the arm. There is a design standard for bunk beds which may have reduced the numbers of injuries to kids sleeping in bunk beds, but most of the injuries resulted from playing on the bunks rather than sleeping. The majority of kids hurt were well below the recommended age for use of bunk beds – which is 12 years.
Trampoline injuries account for around 2,000 presentations to emergency departments each year and, due to the common use of trampolines in backyards, the numbers of injuries are increasing. The most frequently injured part of the body is arms, heads and legs, with fracture the most common type of injury. The majority of the head injuries involved a traumatic brain injury through open wounds to the head. Lack of parental supervision, the lack of compliance by manufacturers with safety warnings and standards, as well as the lack of compliance by carers of the safety warnings impact on injury rates.
An average of 55 babies and toddlers go to an emergency department each year due to cot and portacot injuries. The majority of these injuries were due to falls from cots but there were cases of entrapment of body parts and cases of cots falling or collapsing causing the injuries. Nearly half the injuries involved the head and half of those kids were 6-12 months old. Cots and portacots must meet a strict Australian Standard. Many people are using hand-me-down cots and are unaware of the dangers posed by these cots. Many carers are aware of safe sleeping advice which has dramatically reduced the incidence of SIDS through not using doonas, cot bumpers, sheepskins soft toys or quilts in the cot, but many are unaware of other risks. The ACCC has some great information on and portacots on its website.
Most injuries from change tables result from the baby being left briefly unattended and falling, or wriggling from the carers hold and falling from the change table. Carers often think that f it is for sale then it must have passed some sort of test or meet a standard. That is not always the case. Currently there is no standard for the design of change tables and a Choice review found most change tables were unsafe. Most change table injuries involved the head with 20% traumatic brain injuries. The majority of these babies are between 6-9months but toddlers up to 3 were commonly injured as well. Consider if you really do need a change table. Is it stable? Are there gaps that could cause the body parts to get trapped? Roll-off protection or straps are fine but do not stop a baby or toddler rolling off. Never leave a baby unattended on a change table. Keep one hand on the baby at all times and have nappies etc within easy reach. Consider a mat on the floor for older toddlers.
Information on high chairs, magnets, prams and strollers to follow in a later enews.
Kidsafe CEO Susan Teerds is running the Bridge to Brisbane. Why? This run is for Summer. Please help the Kidsafe Button Battery Awareness Campaign. One death from a button battery is one too many and so many other babies and kids are seriously and permanently injured. Your support with help Kidsafe warn other parents of the dangers, the doctors what to look out for, advocate to the manufacturers on the necessity to screw in battery compartments, the battery companies to change disc battery to be safer and to work with industry to develop a method of safe disposal! Join me on the bridge or donate to the campaign.