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Threats of Injury Among Young Children

Updated on March 26, 2011

Safety First for our Child

According to AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) that hundred of children younger than 1 year die every year in the United States because of injuries - most of which can be prevented?

That's why parents should be aware of what their children capability in order to prevent injuries. Children will suddenly figure out how to roll over, crawl, sit, and stand. They may be climbing on any furniture even if they don't know how to walk yet, and would hold on to something that could support them to go somewhere in the house months before we expect. They will grasp at almost anything and reach things they could not reach before.


Concerns that will cause injury to your young children

Stairways

Use gates on stairways and doors. Because of your child's new capabilities, he or she will fall often. You need to protect them from fall injury. Do not use a baby walker without anybody around, baby might tip it over, fall out of it, fall down the stairs in it.

Windows

Install operable window guards on all windows above the first floor to prevent fall. Baby's crib should be away from windows with cords from window blinds and draperies, they could strangle the baby.

Floors

Your child will explore the world by putting anything into his or her mouth. To prevent choking or poisoning, vacuum the carpet or clean the floor first before you lay the baby on her or his play mat. To make sure no small pieces of anything that they could grab to put into his or her mouth when they crawl or roll over.

Tables or Counters

Never leave cups or hot beverages on tables or counter edges, it is too risky young children if they reach them or it might fell on them.

Gas Stoves, Heaters and Appliances

Don't let your child crawl or walk around stoves, wall or floor heaters, or other hot appliances.

Swimming Pool or Fish Ponds

Install a fence around the swimming pool or fish pond before your child begins to walk. Most children drown because they fall into a pool or a pond that is not fence off from the house.

Drawers and Cabinets

Use safety latches or locks on drawers and cabinets. Especially cabinets that contain medicines, household chemical products, cleaners should be strictly inaccessible for young children to prevent poisoning.

Bathtubs and Pails

Don't leave your child in the bathroom playing in the bathtub or pail full of water. Drowning can happen in less than 2 inches of water. Stay within an arm's length of your child around water.

Bags and Plastic Wrappers

Keep away plastic wrappers, and bags from your baby they could cause suffocation when the wear it on their head.

Toys

Give your child toys proper to their age. Age 6-12 months should not be given small toys that could lead to choking.

Foods

Don't feed your child hard pieces of food such as hot dogs, raw carrots, grapes, peanuts, or popcorn. To prevent choking cut all of his or her food into thin slices or if possible blend it.

Car

Car crashes are still the greatest danger to your child's life and health. Mostly, the caused of death for children are car crashes and can be prevented by the use of car safety seat every time your child is in the car. The very important warning for us parents is to remember that: An infant must ride in a rear-facing car safety seat in the back seat until he or she is at least 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds. A rear-facing care safety seat should never be placed in front of a passenger air bag. Your child besides being much safer in a car safety seat, will behave better so you can pay attention to your driving. The safest place for all infants and children to ride is in the back seat.

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    • minesgm profile imageAUTHOR

      minesgm 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Akhimamun, thank you for spending time reading my hub.

    • akhimamun profile image

      akhimamun 

      8 years ago from UK

      good job thanks for our baby's safety direction .

    • minesgm profile imageAUTHOR

      minesgm 

      8 years ago from Texas

      It is really important to know our baby's safety. Better to prevent than sorry.

      Thanks for your support Katie. Mimi

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thanks for the safety tips and concerns for our babys safety, there is much to consider, great job pointing us in the direction of safety! :)

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