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Whether it’s at the park, school or in your own backyard, kids of all ages enjoy climbing on the monkey bars, going down the slide and swinging. Playgrounds are a great place for kids to exercise, take in fresh air and socialize with friends. Unfortunately, it’s also a place many kids get injured every year as a result of faulty equipment and improper use. In fact, each year more than 200,000 kids under the age of 15 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for playground-related injuries.
While there are some inevitable dangers, the good news is that many of these injuries can easily be prevented with proper supervision. Do you know what to look for to make sure your playground is safe?
Play it Safe: What to Look for at Your Playground
Risks linked with playground safety may not be as apparent as those associated with swimming or biking; you just have to know what to look for. You can make the playground safe and fun for your kids by checking equipment and surfacing for potential hazards and following some simple safety guidelines. These include:
- Always supervise your child to ensure playground equipment is used properly.
- Regularly check playground equipment for loose, sharp or broken parts.
- Know which surfacing is most appropriate. Sand, wood chips and rubberized matting are the safest surfaces for playgrounds, while concrete or asphalt could lead to a serious injury if a child falls.
- Make sure playground equipment is age and size appropriate for your child.
- Minimize injuries by teaching your kids basic playground rules.
- Play areas for younger children should be separated from those for older kids.
- Don’t let children wear drawstrings, purses, necklaces or other items that could get caught on equipment.
- Report dangerous playgrounds to responsible parties.
- Ask your pediatrician about other tips for playground safety.
Don’t let careless behavior or a faulty apparatus ruin playground fun. To minimize injuries, always be on the lookout for faulty equipment, improper surfaces, and careless behavior. Play is an essential part of a child’s physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development. Following these playground safety tips will help your kids play as safely as possible.
Whether you're a new parent or an old pro, you've likely learned that your children's illnesses and injuries always seem to happen at the most inconvenient time, typically on weekends or after business hours after medical facilities have ended for the day. At Riverside Pediatrics, LLC in Greenwich, CT, our children's health care providers - Dr. Karen Beckman and Dr. Alejandro Mones - understand this unfortunate reality, which is why we offer after-hours services to our patients. We explain the benefits of this practice here:
Avoiding emergency rooms when possible
Although you want treatment for your child as soon as they develop a medical issue, some problems aren't considered true emergencies. When after-hours problems arise, you may be tempted to make a trip to the hospital ER. However, busy emergency rooms treat their patients in order of severity, and a low-grade fever and stomachache will likely be put near the bottom of the priority list. Our after-hours schedule at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC in Greenwich make seeing a doctor for minor problems easier and quicker. We are available to all children (even those that are not members of our daytime practice), and we accept most major insurances.
Available when emergencies happen
Sickness and accidents can't be scheduled between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM. Perhaps your son started feeling badly after lunch but doesn't show signs of true illness until later in the evening. Or maybe your daughter sprained her ankle during cheerleading practice after school. Regardless of the ailment, our board certified pediatricians are available every weekday after hours and on weekend and holiday mornings, ensuring that your child will receive the best possible care in the Greenwich area regardless of the calendar.
Better fit for your schedule
At Riverside Pediatrics, LLC we know that working parents have to constantly juggle their schedules. Doctor's appointments during the middle of the day may not work with the tasks you have to complete, particularly if you travel for your job. Bringing your child to our pediatrician's office during the evening hours may be exactly what you and your child need.
Our after-hours schedule at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC is as follows: Monday through Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM, and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 AM to 12 PM. Please note that there are no after-hours visits on Fridays. Please contact us for more information.
Make sure that children and teens stay healthy and happy by getting the proper immunizations.
While getting a shot is certainly not the highlight of your child’s day, immunizations are important for protecting them against a host of serious and even life-threatening illnesses. If you are unsure which vaccinations your child needs to have, then turn to your Greenwich, CT pediatricians Dr. Karen Beckman and Dr. Alejandro Mones to learn more.
When should my child get immunized?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publish a new immunization schedule every year. They detail which vaccines are important for your child and at what age they should get them. Here are some of the immunizations your child will need:
DTaP: This will protect your child against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. Your child when need to get this immunization at 2, 4 and 6 months, as well as between 15 to 18 months, between 4 to 6 years and then again at 11 to 12 years old.
Gardasil: This will protect against Human papillomavirus and is given starting at age 11.
Hepatitis A: This immunization protects against liver disease caused by hepatitis. This is given to children between the ages of 12 to 23 months as two separate shots and the shots are often given about six to 18 months apart.
Hepatitis B: Protect your little one against this form of hepatitis that can also cause liver disease. Your child will be vaccinated at birth, between 1 to 2 months and then again between the ages of 6 to 18 months.
Hib: This immunization protects against meningitis, epiglottitis, and pneumonia. Your child should be vaccinated at 2, 4 and 6 months, and again between the ages of 12 to 15 months.
Meningococcal: To protect your child from bacterial meningitis, they should be vaccinated anywhere between 11 and 12 years old and then again around 16 years old. Meningococcal serogroup B should also be given prior to leaving for boarding school or college.
MMR: This vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. Children will get these shots between 12 to 15 months and again between 4 to 6 years old.
Pneumococcal (PCV): To protect against the disease that can cause pneumonia, ear infections and meningitis your child should be vaccinated at 2, 4, and 6 months, as well as between 12 to 15 months old.
Polio: To protect your child against polio, vaccines are administered at 2 and 4 months, 6 to 18 months, and between 4 to 6 years old.
Varicella: To protect against chicken pox these vaccines are given between 12 to 15 months and again between 4 to 6 years old.
Have questions about your child’s upcoming immunization recommendations? Need to schedule your little one’s next appointment? Then turn to the experts in pediatric care at Riverside Pediatrics in Greenwich, CT.
Your child’s health is important. Make sure they get a physical before they get in the game!
Maybe this is the year your child has finally decided they want to get involved in school sports. Before they grab their helmet and head out onto the field make sure that they get a sports physical from one of our Greenwich, CT pediatricians, Dr. Karen Beckman or Dr. Alejandro Mones, first. Find out more about the importance of a sports physical and why your child should get one every year.
Why does my child need a sports physical?
A sports physical is an exam that helps your Greenwich, CT children’s doctor determine if your child or teen is healthy enough for the physical activity they want to be involved in. Most schools will expect students to get a sports physical before they can participate. Here are some of the reasons why this physical exam is so important:
- It can identify any health disorders or conditions like heart problems, asthma or a head injury that could affect their ability to participate.
- It helps pinpoint and treat old physical injuries such as sprains that may not have been properly rehabbed or treated.
- It gives your doctor time to discuss important issues with your child such as maintaining a healthy diet or wearing protective gear while playing sports.
What is involved in a sports physical?
When your child comes into our Greenwich office for their physical we will first take your child’s vital signs (heart rate and blood pressure). Then we will go through their detailed medical history being sure to mention any medications they are taking, preexisting conditions, past hospitalizations or surgeries, or any injuries. The next portion will involve the actual physical exam in which we thoroughly exam all parts of your child’s body to make sure everything looks healthy.
It’s highly recommended that child get a sports physical every year before the school year begins (or at least 6 weeks prior to the start of their sports season). If it’s time for your child’s next physical, it’s time to call Riverside Pediatrics, LLC, in Greenwich, CT.
It’s important to find a pediatrician that puts your child’s health first.
Nothing is more important than the health of your child. You want to stop every sniffle and kiss every boo-boo; however, it can feel particularly daunting when it’s time to decide which pediatrician will handle your child’s general health. Our pediatricians--Dr. Karen Beckman, M.D & Dr. Alejandro Mones --at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC. in Greenwich and Cos Cob, CT understand how much trust you put in us to make sure your child gets the best care he or she needs. So, while you’re doing your research, here are some things to consider before choosing your pediatrician:
Proximity: Is the pediatrician’s office close to your home? This can be particularly important if your child comes down with a sudden illness. The sooner you can get your child in to see the pediatrician the faster we can treat the problem. While distance shouldn’t be the main factor, it’s certainly something to consider if you’re making frequent trips to and from the doctor’s office.
Insurance: Is your pediatrician on your health insurance list? While provider lists often change, it’s important to make sure your child’s medical needs with be covered by your insurance. We take a variety of different insurance programs, so feel free to call us. However, also look for us on your insurance company’s provider list.
Availability: Is your doctor available most days of the week? Are there after-hours services and same-day appointments for emergencies? Our offices in Greenwich and Cos Cob, CT are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; however, we also offer an after-hours service in which a very experienced, highly-regarded pediatrician will be available to talk to you any time until 8 p.m. on weekdays--except Fridays--and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekends and holidays. We want to make sure you get the answers you need to your child’s urgent health problems.
Rapport: The first face-to-face interaction between a pediatrician and a new patient is the most important. You want to feel comfortable addressing concerns and asking questions. You also want to feel like your Greenwich and Cos Cob, CT pediatrician is listening, understanding and isn’t rushing you through your visit. After all, this pediatrician could be handling your child’s medical needs for the next 18 years!
If you’re interested in scheduling your child’s first appointment with us, call our office right away. We’re so happy you’ve chosen Riverside Pediatrics, LLC. in Greenwich and Cos Cob, CT to take care of your child’s health.