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10 tips to prevent accidents in childhood

10 tips to prevent accidents in childhood


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Most accidents that occur at home with infants and children are the responsibility of the parents or the adult who cares for them. Not that they caused these accidents, but they could have prevented them. Thinking about it, the Spanish Association of Primary Care Pediatrics, Next to the Mapfre Foundation, has developed his Decalogue of accident prevention in childhood, so that parents take it into account when leaving their children alone, whether in the room, in the kitchen, bathroom, in the living room or garden of the house.

1. Accidents are one of the most frequent causes of death in children. They are among the top three causes in children under 14 years of age. Most accidents are avoidable. Something could have been done to prevent them from happening. In case of emergency call 112, if you live in Spain.

2. At each age, the way to prevent them is different. In young children, the house must be a safe space and supervised by adults. Never leave a young child home alone. Older children must be taught to protect themselves.

3. At home: protect windows with bars or security locks and do not put chairs or low furniture in front. Put railings on the stairs. Protect outlets, stoves and braziers. Use the back fires in the kitchen. Do not cook with the child in your arms. Be careful with the temperature of the bath water and don't leave young children alone in the tub. Protect the corners of tables and furniture. Put stops on the doors, ...

4. They also have accidents with the objects that surround them. They can: fall off the changing table, high chair or stroller. Choking on small parts of toys or a balloon. Swallowing a button battery. Check the toys, packaging, and other objects that children play with. See the Children's Product Safety Guide: Potentially Hazardous Products.

5. Medications and toxins: do not leave them where a child can reach them. Don't tell him the drugs are candy. Always use the syrup meter instead of silverware spoons. Never store cleaning or toxic products in water or soda containers - kids can drink it! Do not hesitate to call the Toxicological Information telephone number: 91-5620420 if the child has taken something.

6. In other houses and places where the child goes frequently: in the house of the grandparents, other relatives, in the nursery, in the school. Make sure that the environment is safe in all of them.

7. In the car: always and correctly use an approved seat or restraint system that is suitable for your weight and height. It must be well installed. There should be no slack between the belt and the child's body, so it is better not to wear thick clothing. If they go on school transport, they should wear restraint systems. Set a good example by always wearing your seatbelt.

8. In leisure spaces: the park, sports centers, squares, swings, games, goals, must be well anchored and comply with safety regulations. The flooring in spaces for young children should be made of soft materials.

9. By bike or on foot: put on the helmet to ride a bike, and set a good example by putting it on yourself. Be prudent and patient and teach him to cross the street correctly both by bike and on foot.

10. In swimming pools, beaches and other bathing areas: do not lose sight of small children. Private pools should be fenced on all sides and keep their door closed when no adult is watching.

If you want to print the Decalogue of Accident Prevention in childhood, click on the image to the side.

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