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12/Dec/2019

Ah, the holidays. It’s the season that many of us look forward to all year long. And with all the good food, friends, and gifts, it’s no wonder. But along with the extra holiday festivities come extra opportunities to put you and your kids at risk of injury or illness – some of which can send you to the emergency room.

This holiday season, we at Laredo Emergency Room are all for making merry – but we do recommend you navigate the season with care and caution because of holiday risks like these:

  • Overeating. What would the holidays be without all your favorite seasonal treats? We get it. But patients come to Laredo Emergency Room frequently for nausea and stomach pain, and the sad truth is that overindulging in those festive foods can turn you into a humbug with indigestion, nausea, and excess gas. Instead of giving yourself permission to go overboard because it’s the holidays, approach the season’s goodies with a dose of moderation. Go ahead and enjoy reasonable portions of all your holiday favorites – and then skip the foods that simply aren’t worth the pain and weight gain.
  • Alcohol. Holiday parties also serve up plenty of opportunities to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages – and to overindulge in them. While this can result in hangover symptoms like headache and nausea, the consequences of drinking too much also can be deadly. Drinking in excess can put you at risk for alcohol poisoning, a life-threatening condition that requires emergency room treatment. Aside from that risk, drinking too much can be deadly for others if you drink and then choose to drive. If you plan to drink at holiday parties, be sure to set a limit for yourself and have a designated driver help you get home.
  • Travel. With holiday travel comes risk associated with getting out on the highways or airways at one of the busiest times of the year. To minimize your risk of a vehicle crash, be sure you are well-rested, using your seat belt, and taking frequent breaks throughout your road trips. If you are flying, reduce your risk of blood clots by standing and walking around in the plane at least once every hour or two. Be sure to use your seat belt however you travel.
  • Decorating. If you’re in fierce competition with the neighbors to see who can put up the most holiday lights in your yard, we’re rooting for you. But keep in mind that this kind of decorating comes with serious health hazards. When climbing ladders, make sure you have a helper holding the ladder at its base for stability and don’t try to carry too much up at once. Check all light strings and electrical extension cords for shorts and other signs of damage – and don’t overload your electrical panel’s circuits.
  • Cooking, candles, and fire. All season long kitchens across Laredo are warmed by the hustle of cooking and the ovens and stoves that make it all come together. But Laredo Emergency Room sees our fair share of burn victims, so we urge you to use care while cooking for your loved ones. And while candles and fires add a festive glow to the season, they also pose a significant burn hazard. Keep fireplace screens in front of blazes and opt for battery-operated candles.
  • Medical office closures. Throughout the holidays, many primary care physicians and even urgent care practices close their doors in observance of the holidays. This means it’s important for you to have a holiday season plan for your emergency care. Know that Laredo Emergency Room is here for you 24/7/365 to treat emergencies throughout the season for you and your family.

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12/Dec/2019

Halloween has got to be one of our favorite holidays – the weather is getting cooler, friends and family are throwing great parties, and the kids are all dressed up and ready to trick-or-treat! This holiday was practically made for the kids, but we know that as parents, letting the kids run around the neighborhood in masks, asking random neighbors for candy, and carving up pumpkins with sharp knives are not the most comforting thoughts. It’s true that Halloween comes with its own set of risks and potential dangers, but if you’re armed with a few safety tips, your family will have no trouble enjoying this special holiday to the fullest.

Costume Safety

We know that it’s tempting to go for the most elaborate costume in the costume store (who doesn’t want to be Pennywise or Jon Snow?) but if you plan on going around the neighborhood with the kids, pick a costume that is less involved – you don’t want to be a walking safety hazard! Some good things to keep in mind when selecting a safe costume are:

Avoid masks that can obstruct your vision, and avoid sharp objects like swords or knives

If you’re going to be out after dark, be sure to have on light-colored clothing, or have reflective surfaces on your outfit

Always buy non-toxic makeup to avoid irritating your skin

Remove all makeup from yourself and the kids before going to bed to prevent eye and skin irritation

Trick-or-Treating Tips

It should go without saying that if you’re going to let the younger kids out to hunt for candy, be sure that they always have a responsible adult with them. Review routes with older kids who might be going alone or with friends and agree on a specific time to return home. Only travel in familiar, well-lit areas and make sure the children know never to enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. If you plan on inspecting the candy loot, be sure to instruct your kids not to dig into their stash until they return home. It’s also worth mentioning here that if you plan on driving during prime trick-or-treating hours, be extra aware of children on neighborhood roadways.

Candy Safety

There are a lot of concerns to consider when sifting through a pile of Halloween candy – are there sharp objects in here? What if my child is allergic to something? Is there such a thing as “healthy” candy? When in doubt, here are some good rules of thumb:

If you’re concerned about allergies, most likely other parents are too. Play it safe and choose allergy-friendly treat options

Only consume candy that has not been opened and still has the factory seal intact

Throw away any candy that has been opened or tampered with

With these tips in mind, the most important thing to remember now is to have fun! Have a safe, fun, spooky, and happy Halloween!

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Laredo Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


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12/Dec/2019

Let’s face it, the beginning of the school year is a hectic time. Teachers and parents are stressed, and there are a million and one things to keep up with. Meanwhile, all of the kids are running around just trying to have fun or stay on task! It’s easy to see how germs and sickness can spread in the hustle and bustle of everything going on during this back-to-school time of year, but sick kids can mean sick families, which can lead to missed school days and time off of work. If trying to keep your school-aged children healthy all the time seems like a daunting task, don’t be afraid, there are simple things you can do to help prevent sickness before it gets to your household.

Boost Your Immune System

There are several easy ways that you can boost your immune system without a lot of forethought or planning, the first of which is just maintaining a relatively healthy lifestyle. If you have the basics like not smoking, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and eating a balanced diet covered, you’re already well on your way to having a healthy immune system. There are also certain types of foods that can help to give your immune system a boost, foods that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. You can start with a traditional glass of orange juice for vitamin C, but including foods like berries, nuts, dark chocolate, and green tea can all help you eat your way to better health and immunity.

Teach Good Hygiene Habits

Helping school-aged kids form good personal hygiene habits can play a crucial role in fending off germs and sickness. Teaching your kids to wash their hands after meals, going to the restroom, playing on the playground or with other children can help eliminate unwanted germs and bacteria from their skin. Basic hygiene habits like regular showers, brushing teeth, and washing their hair are also essential in maintaining a healthy level of cleanliness and promoting disease prevention.

Take Preventative Measures

The majority of schools in the U.S. require all students to be fully vaccinated before they can attend, but there are other preventative steps that parents can take to keep their families protected from school-borne illnesses, like having regular check-ups and making sure every member of the family is getting their annual flu shot. Even if you feel like you or your family is perfectly healthy, it’s important to get your flu shot every year to improve your chances of avoiding the dreaded influenza virus.

We hope you have a happy and healthy new school year, but if you do need emergency medical care this school year, Laredo Emergency Room will be here for you and your family 24/7/365.

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12/Dec/2019

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “beat the heat”? Our guess is probably the image of a pool, ocean, or lake with a cold beverage in hand.

Here in Laredo, we are lucky to have various options to choose from when it comes to accessible bodies of water, so we’ve decided to give you a list of our favorite options to choose the way you want to make a splash this summer – but first, let’s go over some safety basics before you hit the waves.

Summer Water Safety

There are a few things you need to consider and be aware of before you head out to your beach vacation or a day at the swimming pool, especially if you have young children. Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5? This scary and all-too-common occurrence can happen to any family very quickly, so it is vitally important to keep a sharp eye on young children at all points in time while around water. An adult should always be within arm’s reach of a child, be sure every child is fitted with a floatation device, check the water first if a child is missing, and know what to do in case an emergency should arise. It’s not pleasant to think about, but seconds count when a child is in danger.

If you are planning on swimming in the ocean, try to swim in designated areas with a lifeguard present. If no lifeguard is on duty, be sure to swim with a buddy so that you can keep track of each other. Be mindful of areas with moving water, strong waves, or rip currents that can quickly pull you under and out to sea. If you do end up caught in a rip current, don’t fight it and stay calm. Swim parallel to the shore until out of the current, then turn to swim back to the shoreline.

Other important water safety tips to keep in mind include always wearing sunscreen, keeping an eye out for bad weather, keep electronics out of the water, and plan for snacks and refreshments if you’re going to be out in the elements for any good portion of the day.

Best Summer Water Spots

You’re packed, ready, super safe, and on your way to hitting the water!

Check out some of the best places here in Texas and around Laredo to jump in and cool off:

  • Lake Casa Blanca – a local favorite, this watering hole is right here in Laredo!
  • South Padre Island – this beautiful south Texas beach is a short road trip away, and an excellent place for the whole family to vacation and relax.
  • Corpus Christi – another great beach-front location, and at 2 and a half hours away, this town is even closer than South Padre.
  • Galveston Island – with beaches, an aquarium, water park, and the new Pleasure Pier amusement park, this island getaway is worth the longer road trip. It’s time to take your pick and hit the road to your next great watery destination, equipped with all of the safety knowledge and sunscreen you need!


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12/Dec/2019

With spring break just around the corner, fun far-off getaways and local vacations are on everyone’s mind, but the dread and anxiety of planning a spring break perfect for the entire family can be stressful! Does a spring break vacation seem like it’s worth the hassle?

Luckily, some of the best Texas vacation spots are practically in our very own backyard here in Laredo, Texas, and almost all offer the perfect combination of fun, relaxation, and adventure. These perfectly Texas-esque spots are sure to entertain every member of your family! So, don’t stress over the “big trip” plans and pick a destination that’s not only within driving distance, but will be just as fun as a cross-country vacay and is full of family memories to be made!

Need some ideas for these awesome local trips for spring break? We’ve got you covered:

Gruene, Texas: Located a mere three-hour drive away, you and your family will get to enjoy one of the most historic towns in Texas and get a taste of their famous specialty shops in and around the city. Just right around the corner from New Braunfels, Gruene is bordered by Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River, making it the perfect spot for beautiful views and water adventures like tubing and boating!

Corpus Christi: Want a beachfront view for the weekend? Then Corpus Christi is the perfect spot, only two and a half hours away with 75 miles of beautiful shoreline. Corpus Christi also has the picturesque Padre Island National Seashore, complete with some of the state’s best beaches, shell hunting, and fishing – it’s a great spot for getting some sun and watching the waves. This town also offers tons of local tours, and the must-see Texas State Aquarium, featuring a 25-foot viewing window and a deck-side dolphin encounter. With so much to do, you and your family will love a getaway in this great city!

Port Isabel: Only four hours away, this is a city made for a Texas fisherman! Get all the supplies you will need on your way in at Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier, and enjoy arguably the best fishing Texas has to offer. This historic little town also has beautiful scenery, beach-front views, iconic lighthouses, as well as excellent museums in and around the heart of their downtown square!

Austin, Texas: Not only is it three and a half hours away, known for its excellent food and music scene but did you know it is also a city that houses some of the state’s most beautiful nature adventures? Take your family on a beautiful hike through Pedernales Falls State Park, all the way down to Bee Cave, and be sure to grab some great street tacos after! Austin holds all the fun experiences that make a spring break,  extended trip or weekend getaway one for the books.

Wanting to stay more local? No worries, we have just as many fun and cost-conscious activities right here in the heart of Laredo, Texas! With a full event calendar in Laredo, events and activities are always being added, so make sure you are staying up to date with what’s going on around the city!

Here are some Laredo must-sees that are perfect all year round. Get some fresh air and beautiful views at the famous Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, Go on an academic adventure at Lamer Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center and Laredo’s Water Museum, or visit The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium!

Whether you are wanting a road trip or a local hangout this spring break, there are tons of daily adventures and weekend getaways all around and in the heart of Laredo – all available at your fingertips! Laredo Emergency Room hopes you and your family get all of the family fun, rest, relaxation, and adventure you need and deserve!

Another great thing to do with the family this Spring Break is exercise! Check out our blog on making fitness fun for the whole family.

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12/Dec/2019

Laredo, Texas is known for many things – from our excellent food, down to the hidden historical gems you can discover throughout the city. One of our most famous traditions is one closest to our hearts, the annual WBCA Carnival, an event where year after year streets are filled with both locals and out of town visitors, all wanting to enjoy the exciting family-friendly celebrations.

Although this is a fun celebration, it can be stressful, especially for parents with young children. The event is meant to be an occasion for you and your family to enjoy and make memories that will last a lifetime, not one that ends in an emergency room visit.  At Laredo Emergency Room, want to make sure that doesn’t happen and help make this celebration as stress-free as possible, so we have put together some steps you can take to prepare and hopefully avoid any accidents that will get in the way of a fun-filled day:

1.) Before heading out to the carnival grounds, make sure all members of your family understand and abide by the Carnival rules. It is important to take note of everything from the instructional signs to listening to park instructors. Carnival grounds can be hectic and filled with areas that have dangerous machinery or wires. Following the rules can help children avoid running the risk of a severe injury when they may not be paying close attention to being safe over having fun.

 

2.) Be mindful of your families footwear. Before heading out to enjoy the carnival festivities, make sure that you and your family members are wearing close-toed shoes. Due to the massive crowds the carnival annually sees, it can be tough for festival officials to keep track of broken glass, potholes, and various other items that can be stepped on or tripped over. Wearing proper footwear will ensure that your family will get around more safely and comfortably when maneuvering through the crowded areas.

 

3.) Members of your family or group should also take time to identify and agree on an emergency meet-up location. This predetermined spot will allow your family to locate each other if someone gets lost from the pack. When picking out a meeting place, it is also a good idea to locate where the nearest bathrooms and the police/medical tents are, in case of an emergency arising that requires immediate medical or authoritative attention.

 

4.) Due to the massive amounts of people that come to enjoy the carnival, there is also a large number of germs that follow. It’s essential that after holding on to rides and using the restrooms, you and your children are washing your hands, keeping the spreading of germs and bacteria at bay. The WBCA carnival also brings out many furry faces, such as livestock and various other friendly animals. Although adorable, and fun to pet, it is crucial to make sure your children are sanitizing their hands when they are done at the petting zoo.

 

Finally, with all the fun the festival brings, it can also distract you from important signals your body is trying to send. It is vital that you are making sure you and your family stay hydrated and not overindulge in the delicious carnival treats. It’s also a great idea to bring a bag with medicine, bottled water, band-aids, hand sanitizer and various other medical items that can help to handle spontaneous issues these long carnival days might bring.

We hope these tips are helpful to all of those in attendance of this fun annual event! If you should find yourself facing a medical emergency this celebratory season, anything from a stomach ache to a broken bone, Laredo Emergency Room is here to help!

 

For more information on the George Washington Birthday Celebration, please visit: http://www.wbcalaredo.org/event/wbca-carnival-sponsored-by-mcdonalds-of-laredo/

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