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Top 4 Most Common Child Accidents And How To Prevent Them

Did you know that three-quarters of children’s accidents take place at home? More than half of all domestic accidents involve children aged 0 to 16. It is also one of the leading causes of death. For children under 10 years old, three-quarters of the accidents occur in the home.

These are figures that are too often forgotten. To limit these accidents, this is the list of the three most frequent domestic accidents in children and the simple gestures to have to protect them as much as possible.

1. Falls

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A fall is the most frequent accident between 0 and 6 years old. This is the period when children discover their motor functions. As a child, they may fall from a high chair, changing table, or sofa. They may fall down the stairs from a high bed or a window when they are older. They are therefore less vigilant and do not realize the danger.

Tips for preventing falls

Buy a high chair that is marked “safety compliant”. Never leave them alone on their changing table, even for a short time. Put everything you need within reach: wipes, cotton pads, diapers, clothes. One more tip, position your child facing you, this way, your gestures will be more precise, and he will be able to play with you. On their high chair, tie them, and don’t forget the crotch strap. It won’t stop them from eating or playing, but it will prevent them from having many accidents.

To avoid a fall on the stairs, you can opt for a barrier at the bottom and top to prevent him from being tempted to play in this high-risk area. You can also install childproofing systems. Finally, windows: don’t put furniture or objects underneath; your child could climb on them and reach the window.

2. Burns

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A child’s burn is a domestic accident that can happen in any room of the house. Be aware that children’s skin is more fragile than adults’. For example, with water at 60 degrees, a child can get a third-degree burn in only 3 seconds.

Hot plates are also a common cause of burns, but they are not the only ones. Children can also be burned by drinking hot liquids, spilling hot food or drinks, playing with flames from a fireplace, or while bathing. Be careful to hide flammable products out of reach: children can play with them when their back is turned. The same goes for matches and lighters.

Tips to prevent burning

Use a thermometer to check that the water is 37 degrees in the bath. To avoid burns with the oven, buy one with an insulated door and don’t leave it open when your child is around. Also, beware of irons, kettles, hot liquids, light bulbs, and other hot appliances or utensils. And beware of hotplates that continue to heat up when turned off…

For pots and pans containing hot liquids or food, put the tails on the inside of the cooktop. As for the bottle, never heat it in the microwave, and always test a few drops on your skin before giving it to your child.

3. Choking

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Choking mainly concerns children under 6 years of age. When the child tries to play with everything they find, it can happen with different objects or foods: clothing cords, scarves, marbles, pen caps, or any other small objects that are easy to catch, put in the mouth, or around the neck. They represent a major danger for the child. The child thinking of having fun can very quickly choke on a plastic bag or pistachio. The same goes for small foods, such as olives or peanuts.

Tips to prevent choking

Be sure to put any small object or food out of their reach. Keep an eye on your baby when they are eating or playing. Remember to remove all stuffed animals, comforters, and pillows in an infant’s bed. Buy a crib that is marked “safety compliant”. Keep pets out of the room and put your baby in a sleeping bag to keep them secure while sleeping. These are simple and effective steps that won’t keep your baby from sleeping well- just the opposite.

4. Beware of electrocution

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Electrocution does not only occur when a child puts their fingers into an outlet. This common household accident in children can also occur when water is near electrical appliances. As soon as a child can crawl, they will run around the room. This is when they can quickly find themselves near hazardous areas.

Tips to prevent electrocution

With plugs, buy a suitable safety device. Never open a water tap next to them for running electrical appliances and unplug them immediately after use. For more precautions, have your electrical installations checked.

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