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8 Common child home accidents


Unfortunately our child has accidents at home

All of us try our best to prevent accidents and keep our homes as safe as possible. We can fit safety gates at the stairs, prepare the windows to be child resistant or install safety fences around the pool; however, child sometimes are unpredictable and accidents happen. They are just learning everyday from new situations and don’t know the risks and hazards, just a lack of experience and we know that they want to try everything.

Hope you read our previous post and you already have your first aid kit and some manual to know how to react in case of accident. But, what are those common child home accidents?

Falls

Roll over at the top of a bed or sofa, play climbing any kind of furniture, running to the stairs or try to open a window can have a dramatic or tragic end with a child falling down and getting injured or also die. It is really easy to fall at home, especially for the ones inexperienced or still without the proper control of their bodies. Falls are the most common type of accidents at home.

Burns and scalds

Burns are one of the most common childhood accidental injuries. These include sunburns, electrical burns, and burns caused by stoves, lamps, matches, lighted cigarettes, and fireplaces. Other dangers include hot liquids and steam from a pan, cup, or hot water heater. A child’s skin is much more sensitive than an adult’s and hot water can scald for up to 15 minutes after it has boiled. Hot bath water is the biggest cause of severe and fatal scalding injuries in young children.

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Falling objects

When children start to move around on their own, there is an increased danger of them pulling objects down on top of themselves. Being conscious of your kids health means making sure any trailing electrical leads, table cloth edges and dish towels are out of reach in order to help prevent accidents happening.

Fires

Never let children play with matches or lighters, this is the frequently start of house fires. In addition young children reaction when a fire starts is to hide from the danger and may not be found until it is too late. If you have any kind of fireplace at home always use a fireguard, make sure it is attached to the wall and do not lean or hang anything from it. Domestic fires pose one of the greatest risks to children.

Poisoning

Child like to check everything and after watch it, and touch it the next sense to be use is the taste. So they will take almost everything that fits into their mouth. The consequence often is getting poisoned, especially from ingesting medicines, shampoo, aftershave, perfume, vitamins, cleaning products, and from exposure to gas appliances such as stoves and heaters.

Drowning

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among children, and it can happen in bathtubs, toilets, buckets, swimming pools, and areas of open water. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to water-related home accidents and should be closely monitored around any standing water. As children learn to play and explore, water from a pool, spa, bathtub, or bucket can be a delight. However, a child can drown swiftly and silently in as little as 2 inches of water.

Glass-related accidents

A broken bottle or window glass can cause serious cuts. The same with the everyday more commonly used decorative architectural glass. When deciding which kind of materials we set around the home in furniture or fittings, we always have to keep in mind the presence of kids and that many children end up in hospital every year because of accidents with glass around the home.

Choking, suffocation and strangulation

In adults usually choking or suffocation fatalities are associated with food, while with children almost every small thing that can be swallowed and cause the choking. Another common risk of child accident at home is the strangulation caused by necklaces, drawstrings on clothes, baby headbands, strings, ties, and ribbons as well as cords on toys, household appliances, window blinds, and other fixtures.
Well, here you have 8 common home accidents. In future posts we will write about them individually and make some recommendations about prevention.

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