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Dr. Caserma's Top Ten Tips for Your Toddler's Safety

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 3 views

It’s that time of year again, the carefree days of summer… or are they? Did you know that in the medical community summer is called the “trauma season”? This summer nearly 3 million children under the age of 14 will be rushed to emergency rooms for serious injuries? More than 2,500 of those children will die from those injuries. How can you protect your toddler? Whether you are out and about or at home here are some helpful tips to protect your little one.

1. When at home ask your older children to close their bedroom doors behind them. This can protect your little explorer and their sibling’s belongings.

2. Always make sure that valuables or potentially dangerous items are out of reach. Nail clippers, tweezers or a pair of scissors are enticing to a little one.

3. Put a toddler gate at the top and bottom of the stairs in your home – In 2002, over 2.3 million children were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries; nearly half of those children were five and under.

4. No matter how tempting it is do not depend on a baby walker to entertain your child - In 1999, over 8,800 toddlers were treated in emergency rooms from baby walker injuries.

5. Never leave your toddler unattended around water – a child can drown in just 1 inch of water and it can take less than five minutes.

6. Always have your toddler in a highchair when you are cooking – hot foods and liquids spilled during the serving or preparation of meals are responsible for the majority of scalding burns to children ages 6 months to 2 years.

7. Never leave hair curlers, curling irons or space heaters unattended.

8. Every child loves the beach or the park but an empty bucket can be a dangerous thing for a child under the age of three.

9. Most parks have special swings for toddlers – don’t risk putting a child that’s too young on a standard swing. They don’t know any better and may let go.

10. Avoid asphalt, concrete, grass and soil surfaces under playground equipment – an impact absorbing surface will decrease the risk of injury by as much as 50%.

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