Young children will have injuries and accidents from time to time. Most will be minor, but some can be more serious. Did you know that the majority of injuries in under 5-year-olds happen at home?
Children grow and learn all the time and they can take us by surprise with a sudden breakthrough in their development. Accidents can happen very quickly when your back is turned just for a moment, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of accidental injury in your home.
Take our quiz to find out if your home is a Child Friendly Zone, along with ideas to help you make your home safer for your child.
Advice for parents during Coronavirus
Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help.
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Staying safe in the water
Young children can be fascinated by water, and swimming is great for a child's health and fitness. Here are some tips to make sure that their time in the water is fun and safe.
Babies and small children mostly drown at home in the bath or in the garden, in just a few centimetres of water. Children should be supervised in the water at all times. Don’t rely on older children to supervise.
It’s not just young children who are at risk. Older children and teens can get into trouble, especially while ‘wild’ swimming. Strong currents, deep water and objects lurking under the water are unlikely to be obvious.
Don’t assume that because a child can swim, they will be safe.
Drowning happens silently. As drowning occurs, the instinctive drowning response means that a child is unable to speak or to control their arm movements, and they slip quietly under the water – it’s a myth that they splash about, shout or scream.
Even if you’ve taken steps to make your garden or environment safe (advice on ponds here), children have drowned after wandering into neighbouring gardens. Be mindful of this at home and on holiday.
Empty paddling pools when they’re not in use.
Further information is available from The Child Accident Prevention Trust.
For more information about steps you can take to make your home a Child Friendly Zone, why not complete the Home Safety Checklist with your family?
Or you can print our "Child Friendly Zone" signs and put them up in your house, to remind you of our top tips for keeping your home Child Friendly!
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