Parents know that it is impossible to keep their children completely safe at all hours of the day. However, with the right information and proper care, it is possible to avoid many of the most common preventable injuries in children. By knowing what the most common injuries are and practicing common sense prevention measures, you can help your child avoid unnecessary and completely preventable injuries.
Preventable diseases contribute to tens of thousands of child deaths every year. Yet, there are easy steps parents can take to prevent complications from these diseases. First, and most importantly, is to get your children immunized. Advancements in child health have eradicated many of the most common childhood illnesses, including whooping cough, measles, and even chicken pox. By following your doctor’s prescribed immunization calendar, you can prevent many of these diseases from disrupting your child’s development. In addition, by taking some easy preventative measures, you can minimize the impact of many of the seasonal and yearly illnesses that affect children and adults alike, including the common cold, the flu, and even seasonal allergies. Teach proper hand washing techniques to your children and encourage regular washing up. In addition, make sure your linens are regularly laundered, wipe down surfaces, and avoid harsh
chemicals on surfaces that your children regularly come into contact with.
Another leading cause of preventable injuries is drowning. Pools, lakes, and even the bathtub can be a cause of risk to children who are unsupervised and untrained in the proper prevention measures. Consider investing in swimming lessons for children as young as 4 or 5. Most local community organizations and public pools will offer water safety and injury prevention programs for children as young as 3. It is important, also, to always monitor child activities in and around water. If you have a pool, you must have a lock on the fence to prevent young children from wandering in unattended. Even the bathtub can be dangerous if a child is left unattended for any length of time, so supervise these times very carefully.
Burns are another leading cause of preventable injury. According to the CDC, over 300 children are treated every day for burn-related injuries. To avoid burn-related accidents, be sure to cook with care and never leave food unattended on the stove. Children can easily pull down boiling water and cause instant third degree burns. Always supervise children in the kitchen and be sure to test the temperature of any food or drink before serving.