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Keeping kids safe in a winter wonderland

01-19-2010

While winter stirs visions of snow shoveling and slippery streets among most adults, through the eyes of a child, those tiny, white flakes transform the grass and hills into a glistening play world.

In a recent video, Lisa Pardi, RN, MSN, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children's Hospital, offers some tips to help parents keep their children safe as they enjoy the freshly-fallen fun.

"In the winter, one of our biggest concerns with children is overexposure," said Pardi. "Overexposure leads to frostbite, and even worse, hypothermia."

Pardi talks about the signs and symptoms of overexposure, recommending that parents check on their kids at least every 20 minutes. Pardi also offers tips on how to sled, snowboard and ski safely and urges parents to consider road safety this time of year.

The video, part of a series of Children’s On Demand videos produced by Akron Children's Hospital, is available in the audio-visual library at www.akronchildrens.org/story. Type in the key words, "winter sports safety." You can also find the video on youtube.com/akronchildrens.
 

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