Have a fun-filled summer with these tips from St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Missouri Baptist

School’s out! St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Missouri Baptist has some safety tips for all your children’s summer activities.

  1. Wear a helmet: Store your child’s helmet on the handlebars of your bike, scooter, ATV or favorite wheeled toy. That way your child cannot ride it without having to look at (and move) their helmet. Have questions about your child’s helmet fitting? Stop by St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Safety Stop to make sure your child has an appropriately fitted bicycle helmet. Safety Stop is now at many locations throughout the greater St. Louis area, including the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center at the intersection of Mason Road and Highway 40/I-64.
  2. Prevent sunburns: Use sunscreen and wear UV-protective clothing at all times while playing or swimming in the sun. Protective clothing can have an SPF of up to 50. Cover all unprotected skin with SPF 20-50 sunscreen lotion.
  3. Update prescriptions before heading off for vacation or camp: Every summer the ER fills up with kids on vacation, often because they left home without their regular medications. Make sure to have all prescriptions – especially inhalers and EpiPens – up to date and ready to go before you go out of town or send a child to camp. Usually, this only takes a phone call to your pediatrician. 
  4. Pick your healthcare providers before the emergency happens: What’s your pediatrician’s phone number, and is it saved in your cellphone contact list? Pick a preferred hospital for your children and add that to your contact list, too.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center has a full-size emergency room designed specifically for kids. St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides Washington University pediatricians and specially trained pediatric nurses to staff this special unit. For added convenience, you may check in to a specific wait time by going to MissouriBaptist.org and clicking on the InQuicker link.