Child injury prevention
Accidental injuries in and around the home are one of the leading causes of serious harm and death in young children in the UK. However, most of these injuries are preventable.
Each year, it’s estimated that around 2 million children under the age of 15 are taken to accident and emergency (A&E) after being injured in or around the home. Around half a million of these children are younger than five.
More information on preventing children from accidents at home can be found on the NHS Choices website, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website and also the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) website.
Burns and scalds are damage to the skin caused by heat. Both are treated in the same way. For detailed information on how to prevent children from being burnt or scalded and how to avoid bath water scalds please visit the following websites:
New rules for car seat safety came into force in February 2017, for more information please visit
Child in car safety checks
Every week children are injured due to ill-fitting child car seats. It is vital that parents ensure that children are securely fitted into child seats or seat belts on every journey.
Our road safety team, in partnership with Avon and Somerset Police, hold free child car seat checks during the summer. Come along to make sure that your car seat is fitted correctly.
Children, particularly those aged from one to five, often put objects in their mouth. This is a normal part of how they explore the world. Some small objects, such as marbles, beads and button batteries, are just the right size to get stuck in a child’s airway and cause choking. For more information on how to prevent choking and how to help a choking child please visit the websites listed below:
It’s likely that young children will fall over and get knocks and bruises while learning to walk, but serious injuries can be avoided. Toddlers quickly learn how to climb and explore and it’s very easy for them to fall off a piece of furniture or down stairs. Falls usually happen at home or in the garden and there are lots of things you can do to reduce the risk to your child from falling.
For information on how to prevent falls in the home please visit the following websites:
There is lots of information available on safe sleeping
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – sometimes known as ‘cot death’ – is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby.
In the UK, over 200 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year. This statistic may sound alarming, but SIDS is rare and the risk of your baby dying from it is low.
It is possible, however, to greatly lower the chances of it happening by following this simple sleep guidance. This advice is based on strong scientific evidence. You should try to follow the advice for all sleep periods where possible, not just at night.
THINGS YOU CAN DO:
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep
- Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
- Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
- Breastfeed your baby, if you can
- Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition
THINGS TO AVOID:
- Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
- Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
- Avoid letting your baby get too hot
- Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding
For more information please visit the links here:
Babies and young children don’t have the control that adults have over their bodies. They can wriggle and squirm but it is harder for them to move out of a dangerous situation. The below websites give information on how to prevent suffocation and strangulation from happening.
- For more information on how to buy safely as a consumer please visit Buy wise be Safe: http://www.buywisebesafe.org.uk/en/
- For information on product recalls: http://www.southglos.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/product-recalls/
Young children can be fascinated by water, and swimming is great for a child’s health and fitness. The below websites give some tips to make sure that their time in the water is fun and safe.
Most poisoning injuries involve medicines, household products and cosmetics.
More information can be found on the following websites:
Support and advice for parents and carers
In South Gloucestershire we have six main children’s centres where friendly teams of highly skilled workers can offer support, assistance and advice to parents and carers of pre-school children (aged 0-5). More information can be found on the South Gloucestershire Council website.