Dr. Fernando Mendoza, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Baptist Children's Hospital, says you have to be aware of the contaminated beaches to avoid visiting them "You don't want to think you are safe at the beach and the next day you are sick with a contaminant you ingested in the water," he says and explains some of the repercussions could be gastrointestinal diseases, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Dr. Fernando Mendoza, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Baptist Children's Hospital, says a concussion is a traumatic brain injury, it is when the head is struck and the brain moves around in the hard case that is the skull. He points out it is important for parents to know that an injury can happen in a very mild fashion, and he recommends being aware of the child's symptoms if they strike their head or their head is struck by something.
There are some signs that may be signal that a person, child or adult, is in danger of drowning, such as their head is low in the water and the mouth is at water level, eyes glassy and empty unable to focus, and they are hyperventilating or gasping. "Whether it's a pool or the beach, keep an eye out for any of these signs. If you see somebody struggling, or trying to swim somewhere, and not getting there, pay attention to that. If they're trying to roll over on their back, to get that airway clear, to get their mouth above the water, that's not a normal position for somebody," says Dr. Fernando Mendoza, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Baptist Children's Hospital.
Dr. Fernando Mendoza, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Baptist Children's Hospital, explains Jet Ski is essentially a motorcycle on the water and accidents certainly happen every year in the waters of South Florida. "You have to be exceptionally careful, to wear a life vest or a life jacket, for anybody's riding a jet ski. Anybody under the age of 16 who's traveling in a boat has to have by law a lifejacket on at all times while the boat is on the way", he says.
There are some tips to consider when you enjoy family time with your kids at a home pool, such as adult supervision at all times, and make sure you do not have pool toys covering the surface of the pool. Those pool toys are not safety devices, the safest thing you can do for a child is putting a lifejacket on. Dr. Fernando Mendoza, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Baptist Children's Hospital, points out it is important that the person who is watching the pool know how to swim, he or she has to have rescue skills in case of an event.