Sheryl Bautch from the Family Service of Champaign County joins the Morning Show for this week’s Your Family and is discussing tips to reduce the risk of injury to your child.
Each year between 20 and 25% of all children in the United States suffer an injury that is bad enough to require a trip to the doctor, and young children can be particularly susceptible to injury. While injuries can happen even when parents are careful and attentive, there are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of injury to your child.
Children learn by exploring: To young children, everything is new and interesting. They learn about the world around them by touching, tasting and feeling.
Children have limited judgment: Young children have limited understanding of the consequences of their actions and cannot judge what is safe and what is not safe.
Children imitate adults: Children like to imitate adults, and actions that are safe for adults often pose a danger to children.
Car safety: Car crashes are the leading cause of injury-related death in young children. Always use proper car seats and seat belts for your children and never, ever drive drunk with your child in the car (of course you shouldn’t drive drunk at any time, but sadly the majority of children killed in drunk-driving accidents are riding in the car with the drunk driver).
Water safety: Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death in young children. Never leave a child unattended in or near the bathtub or a pool.
Home safety: Childproof your home by moving items out of reach, adding child safety locks to cabinets, putting bumper-pads on sharp corners, and closely supervising your child at all times.
Emergency response: As soon as your child is old enough, teach him/her how to call for help in an emergency and practice that with the child on a regular basis.