Articles Posted in Injuries to Minors and Children

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UCLA researchers have reported that teenagers need more sleep than adults, because they are at an important stage of development. According to the National Sleep Foundation, only about 15% of teenagers polled slept 8.5 hours or more per night.

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This is a dangerous situation, since fatigue can affect motor control, response times, cognitive development and performance, and more. Teens who aren’t getting enough sleep may have a harder time concentrating in class or meeting their full potential academically. They may also feel achy and generally terrible. Lack of adequate sleep can also contribute to mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and other conditions.

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As children get ready to go back to school, this is a great time to year to review anti-bullying strategies and safety tips with your kids. As children start thinking about the new school year, those who have been victims of bullies may be feeling dread and fear. In addition, statistically, many children will be bullied. Even if a child has not encountered hurtful words or actions before, they may encounter them this year. Arming them with the resources they need to prevent or cope with these situations can be a big help.

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As a parent, there are several things you can do:

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Now that the new school year is upon us, many of us are thinking about back-to-school. While children look forward to spending time with their friends in classes and shopping for back-to-school items, this is also great time to talk about school safety.

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While schools do much to keep children safe, children spend a lot of time in school and any type of negligence which can affect your child’s safety can lead to serious injuries. A few preventative measures today can help ensure your child stays safe:

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Birthday parties are a major rite of passage for children of all ages. They are usually lots of fun and can create a lifetime of memories. However, you will also want to consider personal safety when throwing a birthday party or when allowing your child to go to a birthday party.

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The following birthday party tips will bring you peace of mind and help you keep your child safe: Continue reading →

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A toddler’s bath time should be a fun time for bonding and for helping children learn the basics of taking care of themselves. However, bathing can also pose a danger for children. Experts agree that children can drown in just a few inches of water, and it can take only a few moments of parental distraction for that to happen.

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Proper Supervision is Key

To reduce the risk, it’s important that parents ensure supervision at all times. Any child under the age of four should never be allowed to remain in the water alone, even for a minute. If the doorbell rings or someone needs your attention, wrap the child up and take them with you to avoid leaving them in the bathtub or near the bathtub. Even if you take your child out of the bathtub, they may attempt to climb in and get into trouble.

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Young children and toddlers are especially vulnerable to injuries. Without the knowledge and experience to stay safe, they may get into trouble simply by exploring the world around them. If you have children at home, are babysitting, or have children visiting your home, there are several things you need to do to make your home safe:

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Each year, children are seriously injured or killed due to the cords used with window treatments. The cords used with shades, blinds, and other window treatments can easily become wrapped around a child’s neck, cutting off air and posing a strangulation risk. Even ties used with curtains and draperies can pose a significant risk.

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Tying up existing cords may not be enough

Some parents try to simply tie up the cords and strings used with shades, blinds, and other window treatments. However, this may not be enough. Strings and cords may become untied and may fall, so simply looping out of the way may not be enough. Children may also become innovative when grabbing cords out of reach. A better option to keep your children safe is to:

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If your child is seriously injured at school, you may wonder whether the school is responsible for your child. After all, when you send your child to get an education, you expect them to stay safe. If your child is injured, do you have a claim against the school and other parties?

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In Hollywood and in Florida, you may have a claim against the school and other liable parties if your child has suffered a serious injury due to negligence or recklessness. You may have a claim if:

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The school year is almost beginning and for some children the school year will start within a matter of days. Most children spend much of their school year in the classroom and on the playground, and while schools usually do everything possible to keep children safe, parents can help reduce the risk of childhood injury in Hollywood or their community with these tips:

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1) Prevent back injuries with a safe backpack.

Children today carry a lot of homework with them, and all of those books and notebooks can put a lot of pressure on growing spines. Make sure your child avoids back injury by purchasing a backpack with solid, padded straps. Encourage your child to wear their backpack using both straps so the weight is evenly distributed. At home, make sure your child has a healthy and safe environment for doing homework. This should include an ergonomic chair and good lighting to prevent back and eye strain.

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If you have a pool at home, you’ll want to be able to enjoy it all summer long. You’ll also want to make sure that it is safe for all of your family and all of your guests to enjoy. There are several ways you can ensure safety while preventing injuries at your Homestead pool:

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1) Install no-slip areas around the pool.

One of the biggest risks with pools are slip and fall incidents. By installing no slip treads along the areas leading up to and into the pool area, you can ensure anyone walking with slippery feet will have some traction to prevent slips.

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