HealthWatch: Casting with Kids

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Green Bay (WFRV)  April is injury prevention month. Every day, about 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. going to the hospital can be terrifying for kids.  So Aurora BayCare Medical Center is participating in an event to help make the trip to the ER less scary.
 
The nice weather is now upon us– and that means more kids outside having fun. unfortunately, it could also mean more trips to the emergency room.
 
“I think when the bikes come out and the sun comes out we do see more falls, a lot more children come in with broken wrists and collar bones and sometimes leg injuries,” said Dr. Robert Limoni, orthopedic surgeon, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
 
Five-year-old Quinn Olsen knows what can get hurt in a fall, “Arm, foot, leg,” explained Quinn Olsen, De Pere.
 
If your child does have an accident how do you know when a trip to the emergency room is required? “If a child has a fall and you see any signs of swelling or warmth at the area of the injury it’s generally a good idea to get an x-ray,” explained Dr. Limoni.
 
Going to the emergency room can be scary. So Aurora BayCare Medical Center is participating in a Casting with Kids event at the Children’s Museum of Green Bay.
 
“The Casting wit Kids event will be an event a bunch of our staff and providers and orthopedic surgeons will be demonstrating to children how casts are applied,” said Dr. Limoni.
 
The event will be very hands on for the kids, “They will be able to touch the materials and talk about how it works and what it does.  And if they’ve never had a cast put on they will be able to put a cast on themselves or have one put on to see what it feels like,” said Dr. Limoni.
 
To help make the ER a little less scary should a child have to go, “I think having these type of things being done in a setting that is not scary to any degree really lessons the anxiety of going to see a doctor when it’s really time to need them,” said Dr. Limoni.
 
So your child can be as brave as Quinn, “No I wasn’t scared,” said Quinn.
 
The Casting with Kids event is at Children’s Museum of Green Bay on April 23rd from 10:30 until 11:30.
 
To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com.
 

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