• Safety Tips for Children at Play

    The Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) provides injury prevention tips for children ages 10 to 16 years old.

  • Though your child may be especially mature for their age or a particularly skilled rider, it is just as important for them to wear a helmet every time, everywhere they go.  Make sure you set the example and start early to battle any reluctance they have to wearing safety equipment because 85% of head injuries can be prevented through proper helmet use.

    • Make sure your child wears a helmet on every ride.
    • Properly fit your child’s helmet and ensure he always wears it when riding, skating or scooting.
    • Don't let them ride bikes, skateboard or scooters in and around cars.
    • Practice bike safety: learn the rules of the road, wear reflective clothes and stickers, and ride on sidewalks when possible.

    Most drownings and near-drownings occur in residential swimming pools, with many taking place in the pool at a child’s home or at the home of friends, neighbors or relatives. A child should never be unsupervised in or near water, even if he is a skilled swimmer.

    • Teach children how to swim.
    • Make sure children never swim alone.
    • Install four-sided isolation fencing, at least five feet high and equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, around a home pool or spa.
    • Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers poolside.
    • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on a boat, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports.
    • Don't let kids operate personal watercraft (such as jet skis).

    All sports have a risk of injury. In general, the more contact in a sport, the greater the risk of injury. However, most injuries in young athletes are due to overuse.  As a parent make sure your child wears all the protective equipment made for the sport.  Additionally, proper hydration and recognition of heat illness symptoms (such as nausea, dizziness and elevated body temperature) can help reduce the risk of severe sports-related heat illness.

    • Wear the right gear.  Players should wear appropriate and properly fit protective equipment such as pads (neck, shoulder, elbow, chest, knee, shin), helmets, mouthpieces, face guards, protective cups, and/or eyewear. Young athletes should not assume that protective gear will protect them from performing more dangerous or risky activities. 
    • Strengthen muscles. Conditioning exercises before games and during practice strengthens muscles used in play. 
    • Increase flexibility. Stretching exercises before and after games or practice can increase flexibility. 
    • Take breaks. Rest periods during practice and games can reduce injuries and prevent heat illness.  
    • Play safe. Strict rules against headfirst sliding (baseball and softball), spearing (football), and body checking (ice hockey) should be enforced. 
    • Avoid heat injury by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise or play; decrease or stop practices or competitions during high heat/humidity periods; wear light clothing. 
  • Additional Resources

    Safekids
    Cincinnati Children’s is a member of the Safe Kids USA campaign and the lead organization of the Cincinnati Safe Kids Coalition.  Their goal is to prevent your child from being injured in a motor vehicle crash, fire, scalding, pedestrian activity, poisoning, choking, bike crash, fall, water activity or shooting.

    Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC)
    The Drug and Poison Information Center works to provide you with important prevention information, educational materials, first-aid information, common household hazards and references to national helpline organizations and agencies. 

    The phone number for the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center is 513-636-5111. You may also call a national hotline, 1-800-222-1222, and you will be connected to the center that serves your area.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable. In an effort to raise parents' awareness about the leading causes of child injury in the United States and how they can be prevented, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the Protect the Ones You Love initiative.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) helps give additional information on choosing and using car seats as well as a Child Seat Inspection Station Locator to help with installation of your seats.

    American Academy of Pediatrics
    Healthy Children is a parenting Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Ideal, whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues.

    Injury Free Coalition of Kids
    The Injury Free Coalition for Kids is among the country's fastest growing and most effective injury prevention programs. They are comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs, whose efforts are anchored in research, education, and advocacy.