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How to Prevent Child Injuries

Children are at a much higher risk of injuries than adults are. They haven’t been on the planet very long, so they’re still learning what’s okay and what’s not okay to do.

While completely avoiding childhood injuries is not always possible, there are some steps you can take in order to help keep your child safe.

Read on to learn more about how to help your child avoid getting hurt.

How Children Become Injured

Before getting into the details on how to protect your child from becoming injured, it’s helpful to know why children get hurt in the first place.

The most common childhood injuries occur as a result of the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Drowning
  • Accidental poisoning
  • Fires
  • Suffocation
  • Falls

Preventing Injuries Around Your Home

The following are some suggestions on how to prevent your child from becoming injured in and around your home:

  • Every time your child enters a vehicle, make sure they are strapped in the appropriate car seat, booster seat, or seat belt for their size and age.
  • Give your child swimming lessons and strongly monitor them while they’re in the water.
  • Make sure all of your medicine, supplements, and cleaning goods are stored out of your child’s sight and reach.
  • Utilize smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. It’s a good idea to develop and run through an escape plan in case there is a fire or gas leak in your home.
  • When your child plays sports or engages in other dangerous activities, always make sure they’re wearing the proper protective gear.
  • Make sure your baby is protected while they sleep by keeping soft objects, such as pillows, blankets, crib bumpers, or toys, out of the crib during the night. In addition, always be sure to put your baby to bed on their back.

Preventing Injuries in Your Car

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities for children. Utilize the following tips to help keep your child safe while you’re driving in the car:

  • Make sure your child’s car seat or booster seat is appropriate for their size and age, as well as for your car.
  • Have your child’s safety seat reviewed by a certified child passenger safety technician to verify that it’s viable. The technician will be able to demonstrate the correct way to install and use the car seat.
  • Be sure that your children ages 12 and under sit in the back seat and are buckled in properly.

Don’t forget, your child is learning from the example that you set. Your child has more exposure to their parents than just about anyone else in their life. Do the right thing every time your child is around, and they’ll be more likely to follow your example. The following are some ways you can help be a good role model for your child in the car:

  • Make sure you buckle your seat belt every single time you get in the car.
  • Never get behind the wheel if you’re intoxicated or too tired.
  • Never check your phone while you’re behind the wheel.
  • Always follow the posted speed limit and maintain a comfortable distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Preventing Injuries Around the Water

There are several ways your child can conduct unsafe behaviors in and around bodies of water. As the parent, it’s your job to make sure your child maintains their safety when water is around. Consider the following tips when your child is near a body of water:

  • Never leave your child unattended in the bathtub; not even for just a second. Take your child with you if you must run to another room for any reason.
  • Make sure your child knows how to float in the water. Enroll them in swim lessons the moment they’re ready to begin swimming. Children may learn how to swim as early as age one.
  • Make sure there’s a fence around the entire circumference of your pool if you have access to one. The fence should provide a separation between the pool, the house, and the rest of the yard.
  • Keep a close eye on your child while at the pool and the beach.
  • When boating, always make sure your child is wearing a life vest that fits properly and is U.S. Coast Guard approved.

Poisoning Prevention

You most likely have substances around your home that are harmful if ingested. Review the following tips to help keep your child safe from household poisons:

  • Keep all medications, vitamins, supplements, cleaning products, and all other poisons away from your child’s sight and reach.
  • When you open a medicine bottle, always be sure to relock the safety cap.
  • Keep cleaning supplies out of your child’s sight and reach at all times.
  • Memorize the 24/7 poison control phone number: 1-800-222-1222.

If your child has been injured, Attorney Christopher R. Abrego with The Abrego Law Firm is here to help. Our team has helped many other people achieve the justice they deserve, and we can help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away.

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