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Dr. Selman's Summer Safety Tips

Blythedale's Chief of Neurology Hits National Airwaves to Keep Kids Safe

Valhalla, NY, June 14, 2017 –

Summer is just around the corner and that means children will be spending more time outdoors. Playing sports, swimming and bike riding--- all fun activities, but the warmer weather also brings an increased risk of head injuries from falls, crashes or other accidents. As a result, more than 60,000 American children are hospitalized annually for traumatic brain injuries (TBI).


On June 13, 2017, Dr. Jay E. Selman, MS, MD, Chief of Neurology at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y., was interviewed by NBC News Radio about important ways to reduce the risk of TBI in kids. Dr. Selman said there are preventive actions parents can take—one of them includes buying a properly fitted sports helmet. "It has to be the right helmet for the right sport." Swimming dangers from diving into unsafe areas were also discussed by Dr. Selman who added, “…that’s a major cause of head and neck injuries.”

To listen to the full audio clip, click below.



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About Blythedale Children’s Hospital

As New York’s only freestanding, specialty children’s hospital, Blythedale is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with medical complexity, not only through superb multi-disciplinary patient care, but also through teaching, research, and advocacy programs. Blythedale’s board-certified physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff (social workers, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, Child Life specialists, etc.) and New York State’s largest hospital-based pediatric therapy department work together to provide intensive and innovative multi-disciplinary clinical and therapeutic care to help children achieve their medical and rehabilitative goals for independent living, and return to their communities. Blythedale is also the only Hospital in New York State with its own, on-site public school district.

For more information about Blythedale Children’s Hospital, visit www.blythedale.org.