Common childhood accidents – How to prevent them

Accidents leave more children crippled than to diseases and yet the majority of these accidents could have been prevented.

childhood accidentsIt wasn’t too hard to keep the baby safe. But when begins to get around you have to do a lot more planning a toddler does understand safety, or the lack of it.

Safety at home

  • Look at your home from time to time to use how safe it is for your child to live in.
  • Since toddler is curious, keep all nooks and crannies free of hazards. Toddler will taste and test things out.
  • Toddlers are great imitator, they will do the things they sees you doing. Show them how to do things safely
  • As children grow older, they cover more territory, indoors and out their range widens, but if have been carefully teaching them how to do things correctly all along, you can begin to rely on their judgement by the age of 4.
  • Don’t make temptation too great, by leaving dangerous objects around for curious hands, never leave a child alone in the house.
  • Explain why you think a thing is dangerous. Instead of forbidding an act show him how to accomplish it safely to cross a street, handle a saw, climb a tree.
  • You want to encourage the child to reach out into the world, and you prize their confidence and courage. Above all, while you want your child to live to tell the tale, you do want him to have some tales to tell.

Burns and fire

  • Keep a fire extinguisher readily accessible.
  • Have it checked annually,
  • Don’t be casual about matches and cigarette lighters.screen your fireplace.
  • Never leave a baby or a Folder alone in a room with an open fire or heater.
  • Replace electric cars and equipment when they show wear.
  • Place steam kettle or vaporizer out of child’s reach.

Poison

  • Follow the doctor’s directions exactly in giving medicine.
  • Flush old medicines down the toilet..
  • Keep medicines and cleaning materials on a high shelf or in a locked cupboard. Put them away immediately after use. Don’t hide candy or other prize edibles near dangerous items.
  • Teach children never to taste unidentified things they find; berries, roots, fruit, or mushrooms; pills or tablets liquids left in bottles
  • Never store cleaning materials, paint thinner, hair-waving lotions, boric acid solutions or other poisons in food or beverages.
  • Read directions and cautions on drug and chemical containers each time you use them.

Suffocation and choking

  • Never give a plastic bag (such as those which protect dry cleaning) to a child, or use it to cover a mattress or pillow destroy these, or keep them out of reach As they cling to the nostrils and can cause smothering.
  • Be sure that gas fixtures don’t leak; use rigid metal connections instead of rubber tubing which may crack.
  • In cold weather, when the furnace is on, leave a window somewhere in the house open a bit at top and bottom to provide ventilation.
  • Open a window when you use cleaning fluids, and keep away from flame.
  • Remove small bones from fish or chicken for children under 3.
  • Blow up balloons before giving them to children to play with.
  • A young child who doesn’t know how to blow may suck the balloon into his throat and choke on it.

Washing machine wringers.

  • Be sure the wrangler of your washing machine has a safety release.
  • Unplug the washing machine when it is not in use.
  • Keep the cord out of reach of children.
  • Never leave the wrangler operating as leave the machine.
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Pool and lakes

  • Keep your eye on your child every minute you are at the beach, near a pool or lake.
  • Except a child to seek out interesting water in the neighborhood—the swimming pool, storm sewer excavation, wading pool, or whatever, make sure such areas are securely fenced off or supervised.
  • Don’t leave a child under the bathtub, even for an instant.
  • Empty wading pools after the day’s use. Even two or three inches of water in the bottom are dangerous.