Kids are always getting hurt. They’re rowdy, playful, and clumsy. Therefore, it’s pretty inevitable. But, as parents, we’re always trying to prevent injury where we can. So, we’re here to tell you what to watch out for. We’re going to lay out some of the most common childhood accidents, as well as a few tips to minimize their chances of happening. This is obviously not to say that accidents won’t happen… they are kids after all. But hey— why not give it a shot?
Common Childhood Accidents and Prevention Tips That Aren’t Bubble Wrap
Burns of all kinds are extremely common for kids. Sunburn, touching a hot stove, spilling hot liquid, hot steam…The potential for burns is quite high being that hot things are all around us. So, what can we do to minimize risk? Start with the water heater! Set it to a temperature that’s hot enough for washing dishes, and bathing, but no higher. Other than that, make sure not to leave cooking food unattended and uncovered. Also, don’t forget to turn pot handles in!!!
Drowning is, unfortunately, one of the most common childhood accidents leading to fatality amongst kids even into their teenage years. Whether it be in a bathtub, a pool, or the ocean— the possibility for this is all too common. So, what can you do to make sure it doesn’t happen to your family? Obviously, you can make sure not to leave your child unattended around water. But, we all know that things can happen, so let’s go a bit further than that. You can start parent-child swim classes as soon as 6 months after their born. Teaching your child as early as possible how to swim is a leading way to prevent drowning accidents.
Every kid is going to fall down. From the time they can stand up, they’re going to hit the ground multiple times a day. But it’s the tough tumbles that can do the most damage. A fall off the swing set, a roll off the changing table, a slick floor in the grocery store. Unfortunately, slips and falls are some of the most difficult childhood accidents to prevent. To keep from those bad falls, such as the ones off the changing table, consider adding high guards to every side of it. Also, make sure to gather your gear before putting them onto the changing table. That way, you won’t have to leave them unattended. Other than that, stay prepared! Bandaids, disinfectant spray, plenty of kisses— and a safe playground.
You can only do so much to protect your babies as they grow. Be prepared for accidents to happen, but also prevent them where you can. You have a tough job, but it’s nothing you can’t handle!