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Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) are burned. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
Cleaning products, medicines, makeup, alcohol, and even plants can be poisonous to children. Even though adults may easily distinguish between products that are safe to eat and those that aren’t, children usually can’t. To a child, many types of medicines look a lot like candy and colorful cleaners look like fruity drinks.
Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children under 1 year of age. Children 3 months of age or under are at the highest risk of suffocation and strangulation in bed. Make sure your child has their OWN bed space (e.g. Crib). Children should NOT sleep in beds or couches with parents, the risk of a parent suffocating the child or rolling on top of them is great.
All new cribs on the market today meet the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Before getting a used crib, check to see if it has been recalled at www.recalls.gov. Also, look for the following suffocation and strangulation hazards:
When using any crib:
Eighty-four percent of drowning deaths among children ages 5 and under occur at a home, while 45 percent of fatalities among children ages 5 to 14 occur at a public pool. Children can drown in a few inches of water. Just as in the home, SUPERVISION is the best tool to keep your children safe from injury and death. Bathtubs, toilets, sinks, and swimming pools are all potential drowning hazards. Keeping bathroom doors locked and pools securely gated will help prevent injury. Bathroom
Children ages 4 and under, especially under age 1, are at greatest risk for all forms of airway obstruction injury. Children ages 4 and under are almost 25 times more likely to experience a suffocation death than children between 5 and 14 years of age. To avoid choking, always supervise young children while they are eating and keep small objects that are potential choking hazards out of their reach.
SafekidsCincinnati 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 AdministrationThe 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 PediatricsHealthy 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 KidsThe 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.
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