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Lumps, Bumps and Bruises

The following are common injuries and problems encountered in Florida. Most of these are more common during the hot summer months, but can be encountered at any time during the year. We provide these helpful prevention and treatments tips and as a service to visitors to and residents of Florida.


Prevention:
Basic play and equipment safety and constant adult supervision.

Treatment:
Most non-bleeding injuries can be treated by applying ice wrapped in plastic or a thin towel (never directly to the skin) and elevating the injured area (above heart level) to reduce swelling and pain. Possible fractures or more severe injuries should be splinted in the deformed position and an M.D. with x-ray facilities should be consulted.

Never attempt to straighten a distorted limb position. A rolled up newspaper, cardboard or a pillow make great homemade splints.