CCLD 302

Outcome: 302.3 Handout - Common Injuries in Young Children

The most common injuries to young children are:

INJURY

AGE / STAGE

REASONS

PREVENTION

Babies can not Birth up to remove or push Never use duvets or pillows for Suffocation approximately 6 items from their children under 1 year of age. months of age face Placing plastic Suffocation 1 Year upwards bags over their head Place all plastic bags out of the reach of children or immediately rip up and dispose of.

Chocking

Never leave a baby propped up to bottle Left alone whilst feed its self even for a few seconds or Birth to 1 year feeding / eating whilst eating as a baby cannot deal with a large volume of fluid. Small objects Never leave babies young children alone with small objects. Avoid peanuts in young children (approx 6 years) as the oil in the nut can cause the bronchial tubes to swell. Never leave baby /toddler on high surface. Ensure safety gates are placed in appropriate positions. From an early age teach children to walk instead of running. Use sun cream. Wear appropriate clothing. Keep all hot drinks away from young children. Do not allow children in kitchen whilst cooking. Always check bath water before emerging child into bath.

Choking

All ages

sweets, peanuts

Falling Cuts and Bruises All ages Running

Sun burn Hot drinks Burns and Scalds All ages Boiling water Bath water too hot

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INJURY

AGE / STAGE

REASONS Bath Water

PREVENTION Never leave a baby child alone in the bath supervision at all times. Adult supervision Teach children to swim from an early age. Teach children young person to use safety equipment where required.

Drowning

All ages

Ponds, lakes, rivers.

In sufficient Ensure all children have appropriate restraint in cars seating and restraints. whilst travelling Car accidents All ages Crossing the road Riding a bike (New Law Sept 06 Teach road safety from an early age. Never allow children under the age of 5 years on the road alone.

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