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Preventing common childhood injuries!!

Age: 0 to 5 months
risk: falls
how to prevent falls:
<sum> never turn your back on your baby while he is on a changing table, examing table in a doctor’s office, sofa, adult bed, or other furniture.
<sum> keep the crib sides raised and firmly secured
<sum> do not allow siblings to carry a baby unless they are mature enough to do so safely. When supervised, young children can hold the baby while seated in the middle of your bed or on the couch.
<sum> install gates at the top and bottom of stairways.
<sum> place operable window guards on all windows above the ground floor and keep furniture away from windows.
<sum> do not let your child use an infant walker.

Age: 6 to 8 months
risk: drowning
how to prevent drowning
<sum> never leave an infant or a young child alone for even an instant in or near a bathtub, bucket of water, toilet, or other body of water.
<sum> do not leave young children alone in the bathroom or allow them to have unsupervised access to the bathroom
<sum> residential swimming pools and hot tubs should be surrounded by a four sided fence that’s at least four feet high.
<sum> parents, caretakes, and pool ownders should learn cpr and keep a telephone and u.S. Coast guard- approved rescue equipment in the pool area.

Age: 9 to 11 months
risk: choking
how to prevent choking:
<sum> keep plastic bags, ballons, as well as small objects away from small children
<sum> do not give children under the age of 4 nuts, raw vegetables, sliced hot dogs, or other foods that could lodge in the throat. Do not let children run or play while eating.
<sum> do not put anything around a baby’s neck. Remove drawstrings from all chrildren’s clothing. Keep cribs away from windows where cords from blinds or draperies could strangle a baby.
<sum> learn infant cpr and emergency choking procedures
<sum> follow age guidelings on toy packaging

age: 12 to 14 months
risk: burns
how to prevent burns:
<sum> set the thermostat on your home’s hot water heater to 120 degrees farenheit to prevent scalding.
<sum> keep children out of the kitchen or secured in a high chair while you’re cooking. Turn handles of pots and pans away from the edge of the stove.
<sum> don’t hold your baby while drinking or carrying hot liquids. Do not place hot liquids near the edge of a table, and avoid using tablecloths.
<sum> install smoke detectors in your home
<sum> if you smoke, do not smoke in bed, and properly dispse of butts and ashes
<sum> keep electrical appliances and cords out of toddlers reach
<sum> erect barriers around spave heaters, woodstoves, fireplaces, or kerosene heaters.
<sum> check your heating system at least once a year
<sum> keep young infants out of direct sunlight.. Use shading, sunscreen and hats when outdoors

age: 15 to 17 months
risk: poisoning
how to prevent poisoning:
<sum> put all toxic substances, including medications and household products out of sight, out of reach, and locked in a childproof cabinet before your child can crawl.
<sum> keep the national poison control number handy. (800-222-1222.
<sum> make sure medications have child-safety caps
<sum> do not store medicine or toxic products in food or drink containers
<sum> discard outdated medications.
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