According to WHO Global Burden of Disease data, In 2002, over 700 000 children under the age of 15 were killed by an injury at home.
And according to Stanford Children’s Health accident statistics, each year, about 2000 children ages 14 and under die as a result of a home injury.
Now this is enough for parents to get scared and try to protect their children from harm in any way they can.
As a parent, it’s quite understandable that you’ll want the best care for your child. This feeling comes naturally, and so most parents devise different means to keep their children safe right from when they are still toddlers.
But as your children grow, they become more prone to danger as they’re getting more exposed to a lot of things. If care is not taken soon enough, they might end up getting injured or going through something worse.
It can be quite a task when it comes to taking care of your children and making sure the environment is safe, healthy and secure enough for them, but it is also very possible to provide that safe environment for them.
Here are some safety measures you can take to make sure the environment is safe, healthy and secure for your child:
- Keeping Sharp Objects in Place: Children are always curious to know what happens when they carry out a particular act. They obviously wouldn’t know that pain comes from cutting a finger or touching a razorblade carelessly and so they just want to experiment. As a parent, one of the ways to keep the environment secure for your child is to make sure there are no sharp objects lying carelessly in the house. From razorblades to kitchen knives, forks, scissors, needles and pins. This will help prevent cuts and bleeding.
- Keep Away Poisonous Products: Do not leave products that are capable of causing harm to your child in open places. Such products might include insecticides and rodenticides, detergents/soap and bleaches, medications, cosmetic items, lotions, perfumes, and toothpaste! Toothpaste can be poisonous to your child if swallowed in large quantities. Statistics show that more than one million children are poisoned by ingesting household items every year, and this is one of the preventive measures to prevent poisoning.
- Prevent Falls: This might seem quite difficult but if gone about the right way, isn’t difficult at all. This requires that you have your eyes on your child almost all the time. Remove toys that can make children trip and fall. Also, things like fruit and food peels should be disposed of immediately to prevent slipping. Also make sure the floor is dry at all times as a slippery floor can cause hazardous falls. Be careful not to let your child climb your furniture and windows too! Children can be so curious but don’t let their curiosity cause problems for them. When your child starts to climb, lock or restrict window openings; this prevents them from falling.
- Lock Up All Objects That Can Cause Harm: Things like jewelries, crayons, pencils, balloons, money are very useful but can be very harmful when in the hands of a child. Your child might try to put everything he sees into his mouth and might end up choking. To prevent this from happening, make sure all objects that are capable of causing harm are not kept within the reach of children, bring them out only when necessary and also be vigilant enough to know when to return them.
It’s okay to anticipate dangers but it’s also better to prevent those dangers. And so when you take these preventive measures listed above, you’re sure to have created a safe, healthy and secure environment for your child.