Common Injuries Your Teen May Suffer and What You Can Do to Help as a Parent
Raising a teen isn’t easy. They are stuck in a position where they want and need independence as they work their way towards adulthood, but they aren’t quite adults yet. They still need you to guide them and be there for them whether they want to admit it or not. While you can’t protect them from everything bad in the world, you can take a proactive approach to help prevent some injuries from occurring though.
Never let teens near flood waters. Many cases of drowning occur because a person thinks that they can go through water that is seemingly low, but has a strong current underneath that pulls them under. Even the strongest swimmers struggle to stay afloat in flooded areas. Also, discuss the dangers of pushing and other kinds of horseplay near water, and if possible, get your teen swimming lessons if they don’t know how to swim.
Falls and Flying Objects
Most injuries for teens that are caused by falls or objects flying through the air are the result of not using the proper equipment during sports or recreational activities. Make it a mandatory requirement that they have to wear helmets and knee pads if they want to play in any sports or ride their bikes.
If your teen isn’t responsible and trustworthy, then don’t allow them to have their driver’s license until they can prove that they are. This is the best thing that you can do to help prevent car accidents. If they already have their driver’s license, talk to them about seat belt usage and distracted driving. It’s also important to teach them how to watch for other dangerous drivers on the road. If they do get in an accident, be sure to speak with Utah’s car accident lawyers. Car accident injuries can be minor or devastating, and it’s important to get help from as many experts as possible in this case.
While teen poisoning might seem like something that doesn’t happen much, it is unfortunately very common due to experimentation with drugs and other substances that teen’s friends might pressure them into trying. To help prevent teen poisoning, be sure to keep all of your medications in places they don’t know about. Also, talk to them about the dangers of drug use, and encourage them to read the labels of anything that they are going to eat or drink.
All guns should be kept in a locked box or gun safe. Never leave them out in the open or even in a drawer. If you intend to allow your teen to learn about gun use for hunting then enroll them in a hunter’s safety course.
In conclusion, by having an open line of communication with your kids, you can talk to them about accidents that can occur and ways to avoid them. And always, be willing to put the brakes on an activity that you don’t think would be safe for them.
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