The following information is an excerpt is form the text: Child Safety is No Accident - A Parents Handbook of Emergencies by Jay M. Arena M.D. by Miriam Bachar, M.A.
"Accidents are the number one health hazard for children. More than 1/3 of childhood deaths between the ages of one and fourteen are caused by accidents, which kill more than the five leading fatal diseases combined. Accidents are not only the largest single cause of death in children under 15 years of age, but also are the leading cause of disability, permanent or temporary, in those over the age of one year.
How can we reduce the number of accidents and achieve a greater level of safety for our children? As individuals, we can and must take more effective action to assure the safety of our children.
Before you can begin to do something in a different way, you must take a few minutes to think about how you and your children do things now. Some people are quick and eager to try anything. Others are more deliberate and consider the consequences before acting. Others are unsure and reluctant to consider new things. Life would not be possible if all potentially dangerous events were to disappear. However, some family life styles overprotect children; others unnecessarily expose them to danger.
A safe life style does not mean a total absence of hazards, nor does it mean constant restrictions, limitations, or nagging cautions. A safe life style exists when you are aware of the inevitable hazards in life and, through knowledge and good safety habits, feel that you can cope with them under extraordinary situations.
Appropriate attention to safety by you and your child will strengthen your child's courage and his ability to take risks and enjoy adventures. He will learn to anticipate hazards and to remain in control of his reactions to them. His safety will not be dependent upon external controls but will become a part of his developing life styles.
An accident can be a sudden, unexpected event that may result in injury or death. It is important, however, to be aware of the fact that accidents are not always due to chance or to events beyond our control. Accidents are complex, often the result of a complicated interrelationship of factors, of which human performance is only one. Within the context of daily living it is possible for you to look at some of the factors that lead to accidents. You can make practical changes in your life style that can result in fewer accidents. Start with an appreciation of safety that can become a part of your way of life. Regard for safety grows out of deep-seated values and concerns.
An infant continually experiences your complete caring for him. From this care, the child learns gradually to care for herself and for others, and begins to feel that she is worth taking care of. He learns to behave responsibly and safely because he values himself as well as others. To be loved is to be cared about and cared for, to be protected and kept safe. As your child grows in responsibility, he learns that to love or have a friend is also to respect and care about that person's well being. A commitment to helping your child grow with good safety habits is to instill in him values that encourage independent action-and yet with full respect for the safety of others.
Our lives are filled with innumerable efforts to deal with unglamorous events that may be dull and repetitious. We understand and accept the responsibility for the routines needed to avoid and prevent undesirable events; every day we dress to avoid discomfort; eat to avoid hunger; rest to avoid fatigue; build friendships to avoid loneliness. We know that the rewards of such daily repetitive actions are difficult to identify each time. But we do recognize a sense of comfort and well-being; which is our motivation for continuing to repeat these actions.
Safety must be understood to require that same motivation. Safety actions must become just as important as those many other routine chores we have learned to accept as contributing to our pleasure and comfort.
You are doing many repetitive things now which prevent injury to the infant you cradle in your arms, supporting his head until his muscles become stronger; the toddler whose hand you hold when crossing the street; the school child you remind to obey his teacher.
Habits of accident prevention should be thought of as normal daily living practices. Until these practices become automatic, a specific review of how you try to avoid accidents and what you child does is needed. In order to change and improve behavior, think about what you are doing now.
Get down on your hands and knees and crawl where he does. You may be amazed at the deadly treasures you can find. What has rolled under the dresser? Have you looked under your couch lately? You may discover nails or exposed springs that are in just the right location to poke into your crawlers eye.
The Following information is an excerpt is from the text: Keeping Your Kids Safe - A Handbook for Caring Parents Gene Brown 1985. Cloverdale Press
"You can keep your children safe! Most accidents occur because of carelessness or ignorance. You can minimize both by making your home safe and by teaching your kids what to watch out for, indoors and out.
"Protecting an infant or toddler from harm is a one-sided operation: It's all up to you. But when your child begins to talk and walk, instruction becomes part of the shield that will keep the child safe. At this point, you're offering him not only protection but also the tools with which he will ultimately protect himself."
"Your home is your family's haven. It's the place where everyone feels safe. The best way to keep it safe is to take a regular safety inventory. This means simply checking each part of your house for dangerous objects or practices and, if you find any, deciding what to do about them."
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