Accidents are a leading cause of death and illness in children aged 1 – 14 years.
Children from lower down the socio-economic scale are more likely to die in an accident than those from more affluent families – and this difference is becoming greater every year. (audit commission and healthcare commission, 2007).
Did you know?
- Falls from cots, highchairs, windows and down stairs are the most common cause of broken bones in children
- Child-resistant lids help to slow children down but they are not childproof – some 3 or 4 year olds can open them in seconds.
- Pieces of food are the most common cause of children choking.
- Babies and toddlers can choke in as little as 5cm of water.
- A hot drink can scald a young child 15 minutes after it has been made.
- Hair straighteners get as hot as your iron and can hold their heat for eight minutes after you switch them off.
To keep your baby safe and to reduce the risk of sudden infant death (sometimes called cot death) always make sure:
- You put the baby down on their back to sleep, never on the front or side
- The cot is beside the parents’ bed for at least the first six months
- The mattress is firm and flat – waterbeds, bean bags and sagging mattresses are not suitable
- Your baby is not overdressed or covered with too much bedding (no more than you would use yourself)
- The bedding must not be able to cover the baby’s head
- The room is not too hot (16-20ºC is ideal)
- The room in which the baby sleeps is a smoke-free zone