Parents should not think that they can or must make the world completely safe for a child. You cannot stop an earthquake or tornado from happening. But there are important steps you can take to protect your child from common hazards. Car crashes, burns, and falls hurt many children every year. Your home can be full of hazards for a curious child.
Prevent injuries by using safety equipment, teaching your child how to be safe, and watching him or her closely.
Taking care of yourself is a vital part of keeping your child safe. Although minor injuries can occur at any time, most happen during times of stress. They often occur right after work and before dinner, when parents and children are hungry and tired.
Be prepared for an emergency. Teach your child how to get help from an adult or to call 911.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: March 27, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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