Lately at some of our parent seminars, we began educating parents about the dangers of sexual predators, bullying, online safety issues and abduction and upon hearing some of the statistics...
Do you want to know all of your child’s secrets? Some parents would say “yes,” while others may say “no”. We certainly don’t need to know everything our children do and say throughout their lives. However, we feel it is extremely important to teach children about the issue of secrets.
Along with the wonders and excitement about the upcoming holiday, there comes some increased stress and worry. To alleviate some of the stress caused by travelling with the kids or having family and friends in from out of town- KidSafe suggests you think about implementing a few safety guide lines within your family to avoid some vacation pitfalls.
Water safety isn't just for summer! Drowning incidents are preventable. The Consumer Product and Safety Commission has teamed with the Pool Safety Campaign to change the way families think and act about pool and spa safety. Here are their top winter water safety tips:
Although children are more commonly associated with romping around in a swimming pool, some, like adults, enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub. While these relaxation devices do not often come with an age limit attached, parents should exercise caution when allowing their children to use them. By carefully determining whether or not your child is ready to use a hot tub and monitoring him from the moment he steps in to the second he exits, you can reduce the likelihood that your child's hot tub experience ends badly.
There has been much debate in the past years about how babies should sleep. While it is ultimately your choice of how and where your baby sleeps, many professional associations, such as the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and March of Dimes, recommend a specific position and certain conditions that are safest for your baby during sleep times. Following these current guidelines for sleep reduces your baby's chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of infant death between 1 month and 1 year old.
When a child makes the move from a crib to a bed, there are a number of safety issues to consider. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends moving your child to a toddler bed once he has grown to be 35 inches tall. Your child should be sleeping well in a toddler bed before making the next move to a twin, bunk or full-size bed.
As your infant becomes increasingly mobile, you will likely quickly realize that many of the seemingly harmless things in your home present a danger to this inexperienced explorer. To ensure that your child's home exploration does not result in injury, you must take care to childproof your home. By carefully childproofing your space, you can greatly reduce the likelihood that your child's first tentative steps lead him into danger.
Fire safety is one of the most important things kids need to learn. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, kids are responsible for setting more than 35,000 fires each year, and about 8,000 of those fires occur inside the home. Between 15 percent and 20 percent of all fire casualties are kids. By teaching fire safety, you can help prevent your kids and your home from becoming fire statistics.
Pets and children are a natural pair, but there are also safety concerns for both the child and the animal. A bite or attack by a pet is a potentially serious event for a child. A pet might also become injured if a child doesn't know how to handle it properly. Taking precautions early in the pet-child relationship helps avoid injuries for everyone involved.