Brain injuries in children increase during the summer

Good notes at home? Great, play celebrate and have fun in summer. Nothing to stay at home, the outside world has much to offer young and old, who can enjoy a great leisure bet during the summer period. A good example is the visit to the swimming pool, an environment where to spend a day that will be for the memory while practicing some exercise and what is more important, the family refreshes.

However, between so much fun there must also be room for responsibility and know how to act with head to avoid very serious problems. This is warned in VII Child Safety Campaign, where it warns of the risks that the swimming pool for the little ones if they are not careful during the visit to these spaces.


Drowning and brain damage

The data of this campaign indicate that drowning this year has increased 62% with respect to the figures registered the previous year in these same dates. From the Vithas Nisa Hospitals It is also warned that the risk is not only to die under water, children who survive this process also face other dangers related to lack of oxygen.

The doctor Carolina Colomer, of the Vithas Nisa Hospital Neurorrehabilitation service, highlights that anoxia can cause serious sequels by cutting the blood supply to the tissues. "After more than three minutes, it can cause significant brain damage, and the severity of the injuries caused will depend on how long the brain remains deprived of oxygen and whether the flow reduction is total or partial," says the professional.


"In general, the symptoms secondary to an injury caused by lack of oxygen are alterations in the level of consciousness, alterations in the cognitive functions and in mobility. In this sense, tertiary prevention is fundamental to the treatment and rehabilitation of deficits that may have occurred, with the aim of improving the quality of life of those affected to the maximum, "concludes Colomer.

Security advice

To prevent a day of swimming pool from becoming something to regret, the Vithas Nisa Hospital Neurorehabilitation service offers these tips to ensure that security is present in these days:

- Do not stop monitoring the children at any time, especially when they are in the water or playing near it, even if they have floats or sleeves, and do not delegate this responsibility to any other child.


- Make the safety rules clear to children. Do not scare them, but make them aware and promote their prudence.

- Check that the pool has adequate security measures: lifeguard and perimeter fencing so that young children can not access freely.

- Make sure that children bathe in waters that are suitable for this and where there is surveillance. Make children respect the safety rules of swimming pools and water attractions.

- Remove the child from the water if it manifests any strange symptoms: chills or persistent shivering, fatigue, headache or in the nape area, itching, dizziness, dizziness or cramps.

- No racing on the edges of swimming pools and wet areas.

- Extreme care with the dives. Make it clear to the child that he should be cautious when throwing his head in places as it can cause an injury.

Damián Montero

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