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Health Information For Parents
When was the last time you crawled around your home on your hands and knees? As strange as it sounds, give it a go. Kids explore their everyday environments, so it’s important to see things as they do to make sure your home is safe.
We often think of babies and toddlers when we hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing.” And it’s true that young kids have the highest risk of being injured at home because that’s where they spend most of their time. But accidental injury is the leading cause of death in kids up to 14 years old — and more than a third of these injuries happen at home.
Here are some simple ways to help prevent injuries in your home.
Common causes of home-injury deaths are fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning, and guns.
Most household accidents happen in areas with:
You can make these places safer, but the most important safeguard is to watch young kids at all times. Even if your home is childproofed, it only takes an instant for babies and toddlers to fall, run over to a hot stove, or put the wrong thing in their mouths. Your watchfulness is your child’s best defense.
However, accidents will still happen, so it’s important to be prepared. If you’re expecting a baby or have kids, it’s wise to:
Boo-boos, bug bites, and broken bones – oh my! Here’s your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about how to keep kids safe.
Choosing baby products can be confusing, but one consideration must never be compromised: your little one’s safety.
Head injuries can be external or internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.
Following these safety guidelines can make neighborhood playgrounds entertaining and safe for your kids.
Kids need constant supervision around water – whether the water is in a bathtub, pool, the sea, or a water park. Here’s how to keep them safe.
Guns are in many homes, so they’re a very real danger to kids, whether you own one or not. Learn how to talk with your kids about gun safety.
Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips to prevent fires in your home.
Every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. Done correctly, CPR can save a child’s life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical personnel arrive.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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