The moment you become a parent, child safety becomes one of the most important issues on the planet. Gazing at that little face for the first time, you know you’ll do anything to protect your baby from life’s dangers, be it a burnt finger, aggressive dog, or fallout from a nuclear war. Sadly, even the most careful and observant parenting doesn’t guarantee child safety. Each year about 350 Australian children aged 0 – 14 are killed and 60,000 hospitalised by unintentional injuries – the kind often referred to as accidents. These figures are half what they were before wide-ranging child safety guidelines were introduced just a few years ago. Fortunately, many injuries are easily prevented by simple child safety measures that you easily implement.
Child safety in your home should be your top priority. Most injuries to babies and toddlers occur at home. Maximising child safety in the house and yard not only helps prevents injuries but will also help reduce your stress levels. Once you look at your place through the eyes of an inquisitive small child, the list of possible hazards seems endless. Also, keep in mind that child safety means taking precautions to ensure parents are safe too. Sleep-deprived mums and dads are more prone to accidents and forgetfulness. Read Huggies home safety tips and suggestions for child safety and then get to work on childproofing your home in time for baby’s arrival.
Just because it’s sold in the shops or given to you by another parent doesn’t guarantee it’s safe. Safety recommendations for baby equipment have become much stricter in recent years, following research into the cause of injuries and deaths in the home. For example, all new cots have to comply with Australian Safety Standards, and the use of ‘bumpers’ in cots is not recommended. Huggies tells you what to look for in baby equipment, which items can be hazardous, and what precautions you should take to ensure baby equipment is safe to use.
There are strict laws regarding baby car safety. It can get confusing, especially when you’re in the shop checking out the huge range of child restraints on the market. Huggies explains what you are legally bound to do to ensure child safety when traveling in the car. We also give you some excellent guidelines for child safety when you’re out and about, including tips and checklists for pram safety, stranger awareness, and what hazards to keep an eye out for when you’re in the park or playground.
You’ll be aware from news stories that stroller safety is a major issue for parents. Again, with so many choices of strollers available, it’s vital that you know what to look for to ensure your baby is safe.
Baths, paddling pools, swimming pools, fish ponds, the sea – even a bucket of soaking clothes can be death traps for young children, as the drowning statistics testify. A baby or small child can drown in just a few centimeters of water in the time it takes you to answer the phone or go to the toilet. Even children who can swim can panic and drown. As well as never turning your back on a child around water, there are many things you should be aware of, and much you can do to maintain water safety at home and out and about.
Here you’ll find links for hospitals and organisations dedicated to child safety and health. Huggies recommends you read and learn everything you can about child safety.
Every parent should know kid’s first aid. Even a basic knowledge could one day save your child from harm. Here we give you the basics for child safety. Find out what to do to stop bleeding. Learn first aid for burns and scalds. Find out what to do if your child chokes. We also suggest you do a first aid course designed especially for parents of small children.