According to the Safe Kids Worldwide organization, each year one in four children 14 years of age and younger will suffer an injury that requires medical attention. The good news is that many of these injuries are preventable by following a few simple tips and learning how to avoid accidents and injuries. Here are some tips to help your family safely enjoy all the fun summer has in store.
- Mowing matters
While it may seem like just a common household tool, thousands of children are injured in lawn mower accidents each year, some with severe effects.
* Teach children to never play on or around a lawn mower, even when it is not in use. They should never be permitted to walk along side, in front of or behind a moving mower.
* Children under 6 years of age should be kept inside the home while mowing.
- Fire safety simplified
Every hour, approximately 16 children are injured from fires or burns, according to the Safe Kids Worldwide organization. Use these tips to keep your little ones safe around fireworks, grills and other heat sources:
* Teach kids never to play with matches, gasoline, lighter fluid or lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children.
* Do not leave children unattended near grills, campfires, fire pits or bonfires. Always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby when burning fires.
* To ensure a safe celebration, leave fireworks to the professionals.
* If your child is injured by fire or fireworks, immediately take them to a doctor or hospital.
- Playground 101
The Centers for Disease Control revealed that emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries every year. Before you let them play at the park or school playground, be sure they keep these precautions in mind:
* Use appropriate and properly fitting safety equipment when participating in any sport, such as helmets and goggles, which can greatly reduce the risk of head and eye injuries.
* Take your children to playgrounds with shock absorbing surfaces. Choose parks and playgrounds that are appropriate for their age. Check for hazards or broken equipment and continuously supervise your children while they are at play.
* Teach children to use playground and sports equipment properly.
* Remind children that pushing, shoving and crowding on the playground can result in accidents and injuries.
- Make a safe splash
While playing poolside may be a blast, the Safe Kids Worldwide organization also revealed that drowning is the leading injury-related cause of death for children between 1-4 years of age. Fill your family's summer days with these safe practices around the water:
* Teach children to never go near or in the water without an adult present. Children and adults should never swim alone.
* Give children your undivided attention when they are swimming or near any body of water.
* Always have your children wear a Coast Guard approved, properly fitting life jacket while on a boat, around an open body of water or when participating in water sports.
- Family Features
Family Movie Night
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
Length: 102 minutes
Synopsis: When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
Violence/scary rating: 2.5
Sexual-content rating: 1
Profanity rating: 2
Drugs/alcohol rating: 1.5
Family Time rating: 2. As long as your kids are comfortable with cartoon dragons, they’ll love this movie.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“Ninja!” by Arree Chung
Synopsis: A ninja must be strong, courageous and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear — a true ninja can overcome all challenges. - Henry Holt and Co
Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to keep your toddler healthy:
- Give your child water and plain milk instead of sugary drinks. After the first year, when your nursing toddler is eating more and different solid foods, breast milk is still an ideal addition to his diet.
- Your toddler might become a very picky and erratic eater. Toddlers need less food because they don’t grow as fast. It’s best not to battle with him over this. Offer a selection of healthy foods and let him choose what she wants. Keep trying new foods; it might take time for him to learn to like them.
- Limit screen time. For children younger than 2 years of age, the AAP recommends that it’s best if toddlers not watch any screen media.
- Your toddler will seem to be moving continually — running, kicking, climbing, or jumping. Let him be active — he’s developing his coordination and becoming strong.
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