Kids and teens are fascinated with water, especially after a storm like our area experienced last night. The rush of the waves, the hype from grown-ups and sometimes, the closing of activities, all create excitement.
Understanding this, it is important for the adults to watch out for kids during and after storms. Deciding to go walk across, go swimming or fishing in a river can be very risky. Others may decide to use a raft or inner tube to go whitewater rafting. My advice? Just don’t do it.
Children also tend to go in groups to check out the water. If one child gets caught in a current, another child may try to save him or her. This can result in a double tragedy. If you or your child sees someone who has fallen in the water, call 911. Do not try to save the other person.
As powerful weather continues to hit our area, be careful. Watch your children. Make sure you are present at all times.
- Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, medical director of Emergency Services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
The Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital is a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center that treats more than 60,000 children each year.