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Child Safety

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.
At Home
Most accidents occur at home and over half involve children under the age of 5.
As young children are naturally curious and wanting to explore their surroundings, their potential for suffering a damaging fall from heights is greatly increased.
An organised bathroom makes using this much easier for everyone involved.
Create a space that is specifically for your little one to use.
A safe kitchen is vital for you and your child.
Out and About
Kids love to get out and about and explore new places so make sure you do your own exploring too.
Recently a raft of new laws have been approved by the Australian Transport Council.
A new little person has entered the world; in to your life.
A new mandatory standard for the manufacture of prams and strollers came into effect on July 1st 2008.
Key Organisations
Note: Huggies is unable to endorse or accept any responsibility for the accuracy of information contained in any of the websites listed.
For more information see Hospitals and organisations or Parenting
Kidsafe is the leading Australian, non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries and reducing the resulting deaths and disabilities associated with childhood
First Aid
Be prepared to treat a child for loss of consciousness, or even to resuscitate, if their condition deteriorates from one of the following everyday situations.
The Caring for Kids Course is offered throughout Australia by St John Ambulance.
Before reading the information contained in this chart, make sure you are aware of the basics of DRABC as outlined by St John Ambulance in the section St John Ambulance Resuscitation Chart.
Here’s a list of some important numbers to keep by your phone in case you need to make a call.
St John Ambulance Australia and New Zealand is a self-funding charitable organisation, active in all States and Territories, dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger.
Water Safety
As most of us spend our summers around the water, whether it’s at the beach or by the pool, it’s smart to make sure babies and toddlers learn basic water skills as early as possible.
Fun at the pool and beach starts with a clean and safe place to swim.
Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in the under five age group in Australia.
A swimming pool can be a very hazardous place for young children, especially if they can’t swim well, so pool safety is a vital part of keeping your children out of harm’s way.
Learning and understanding beach safety and how the ocean works is important for you, and it’s a key thing that your child should learn as early as possible.

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