Children's Health: Pedestrian Safety

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Children's Health: Pedestrian Safety




Guest:  Dr. C.D. Smith – Pediatric Surgery, MUSC

Host:  Dr. Linda Austin – Psychiatrist, MUSC


Dr. Linda Austin:  Accidents are the most common cause of death in children ages 1 to 14.  Dr. C.D. Smith, Pediatric Surgeon at MUSC’s Children’s Hospital, offers three helpful suggestions that just could save your child’s life.


Dr. C.D. Smith:  Any child, ten years or younger, crossing a street should have an adult going with them.


Dr. Linda Austin:  A second rule:  nothing in your ears when you’re going to be crossing a street, or playing near the street.


Dr. C.D. Smith:  An area of great concern has been the inattention that drivers or pedestrians experience when they’re listening to their iPod; they may not hear cars coming.


Dr. Linda Austin:  And the third rule:  be particularly careful when you’re backing up in the driveway.


Dr. C.D. Smith:  Every year, a number of children across this country are killed by either their parents or grandparents because they run behind a car that’s backing out.


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