Now that it’s been some time since the holidays, many children have a whole new set of favorite toys they have been playing with for weeks. If you’re a parent, of course you want to make sure your child’s toys continue to be safe. While you may have checked the toys your child got over the holidays, here are some additional steps you might want to take now to prevent childhood injury:
At this time of year, many parents are considering Halloween costumes and getting ready for Halloween season. While in the past parents were worried about tainted candy, today we realize that dangers at Halloween can come from many sources—including pedestrian accidents and even the costumes themselves.
Whether you’re create a home-made costume or buying one from a store, start with these safety tips:
School has been back in session for a bit, and it’s time to review how your child is doing. While we expect school to be safe, kids are injured each year when attending classes and taking part in school activities. Now that your child is settling in, here are some questions to ask:
For many parents, bunk beds are a fact of childhood. They’re often used at camps and at colleges and boarding schools. They can also be a great option for children’s rooms, especially if kids share a room with their siblings or want an extra sleep space for sleepovers.
While bunk beds can be space-effective, a study has found that they have been linked to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room treatment. Between 2006 and 2015, in fact, there were 639,700 bunk bed injuries across the country requiring emergency room treatment. These injuries included:
With another school year about to begin for many students, it’s a good time to remember that tens of thousands of students are injured at school. And in fact, the first two months of school are the time when most injuries happen.
Fortunately, there is something parents can do. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk for your children:
This month is a good time to reflect on eye safety for children. Eye injuries and preventable vision impairment sustained in childhood can affect a child’s life, education, and future career prospects. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to protect our children.
Recently, much of the country has experienced record-setting heatwaves and certainly Miami Beach ad South Florida in general are no stranger to dangerous temperatures. The sun and heat can cause serious harm, especially to children, who may not know about sun safety.
In Key Biscayne and other South Florida communities, serious injuries happen every day in car accidents, truck collisions, slip and fall incidents, sports injuries, and other types of incidents. Catastrophic injuries are always devastating, but they can be even more so for children.
Childhood injuries can impact a child’s entire life. Since children are still developing, a serious injury can impact their growth and development. In addition, young children may struggle to understand a serious injury and may suffer emotionally from the pain and fear.
In Weston, Miami, and other communities in Southern Florida, youth sports are an important and healthy part of childhood. Sports build discipline, encourage physical fitness, and provide many other physical, emotional, and even academic benefits.
Many sports also carry the risk of head injuries and concussions. While in the past many believed that concussions were less serious than traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), today there is growing evidence that all injuries to the head need to be treated seriously. It is now understood that repeated concussions, especially early in life, can have life-long effects.