Helping your teen driver learn to Drive Smart

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Sixty percent of all vehicle crashes are caused by distracted teenage drivers. The stakes are high – but there are a number of things parents can do to prepare their children to learn to drive and help them learn safe driving habits.

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5 surprising things about big kids and car seats

Car seat safety not just a "baby" issue

is my child ready for a booster seatWhile most new parents are very focused on properly installing and using infant car seats, that same diligence tapers off as their children move on to forward-facing car seats and booster seats.

Here are five things about car seats and safety that may surprise you.

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Tips to prevent teen distracted driving

tips to prevent teen distracted drivingAs the parent of a new teen driver you worry about lots of things. You worry about your teen’s skills as a new driver. You worry about your teen being distracted by their cell phone, their friends, or about their desire to eat while driving. How can they stay focused on safe driving and the road ahead?

Rather than simply hoping your teen arrives safely, you can begin the conversation now – teaching them about common distractions and how distractions can lead to a crash.

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Sledding Safely

sledding with helmetAll that fluffy white snow just calls children of all ages out to the sledding hill. While sledding can be a great way to enjoy some fresh air and physical activity in the middle of winter, taking some safety precautions can help keep you on the sledding hill and out of the emergency department.

Since sledding season began this year, we’ve seen an uptick in sledding-related injuries in the ED. We typically see sledding-related head injuries, but we also see broken bones and soft tissue injuries. Follow these tips to keep your family sledding safely.

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Reduce your risk for falling in snowy conditions

Tips offered by MedSports for fall prevention, injury treatment

Anyone risks injury to their wrist, elbow, ankle or thumb after a fall during cold, slippery weather, but elderly1.fwwinter can be worse for the elderly.

A group of plastic and reconstructive surgeons at the University of Michigan learned those over age 65 have more than 1,000 additional wrist injuries in winter compared to other seasons. By analyzing snow, wind speed and temperatures, the researchers created a ‘Slipperiness Score,’ to identify what days are the most risky for slip and fall injuries.

With many more snowy days ahead for us all, it’s important to understand the causes of these injuries — how to care for them and how to avoid them.

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Safety first when it comes to water

mott blog - water watcher post imageThere’s nothing like a cool dip in the pool or lake on a hot summer day, but children and water can be a dangerous combination. In fact, drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death in Michigan for children ages 1 to 4 years old. You can have your water and your safety too, just take the proper precautions.

One of the most frequent drowning or near drowning scenarios we see at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Emergency Department is what I call the diffusion effect — when several adults are in the area, but each thinks someone else is watching the children. In reality, no one is closely watching the children.

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