Child Safety Resources (04)

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Choosing and Using Car Seats
Information about the proper use of child restraints and seat belts including restraint selection, harnessing children in child restraints, and the basics of installation. This site contains the basics for child restraints and seat belts, choosing and using seat belts, harnessing and installation, the basics of using seatbelts, latches, child restraints in school buses and airplanes, recalls, transporting children, as well as a section about children and airbags. Training resources as well as a contact list is included.

Pesticides and Child Safety
This page by the Maryland Department of Agriculture has good information on the potential threat to children of pesticides and offers recommendations for preventing accidental exposure or poisoning. It cites an EPA survey that says nearly half of all households with children under age five had at least one pesticide stored in an unlocked cabinet less than four feet off the ground. Bathrooms and kitchens are the area in a home most likely to have the improperly stored pesticides. Examples of common pesticides found in these rooms are roach sprays, chlorine bleach, disinfectants, rat poison, insect and wasp sprays, repellents and baits, shampoos and dips for pets, as well as weed killers and pool chemicals. Do read this page if you have children, as it provides insightful information and recommendations, including for treating hazardous exposure to pesticides (e.g., swallowing, in the eye, on the skin, inhaled).

How to Protect Your Child from Drowning
Parents whose children have drowned say that the day of the tragedy started out just like any other day. No matter how the drowning happened or where it happened—pool, spa, or any other body of water—one thing was the same: the seconds that claimed their child's life slid by silently, without warning, and can never be brought back. Water safety tips are offered by the Mayo Clinic website as part of its infant and toddler health information, including attending children by pool side, using alarms on each door that leads to the pool, installing a motor-driven safety pool cover, safeguarding pools with fences and self-closing and self-latching gate use. The site also a lot of other child safety information as well.

Puppy Training: Introducing a New Dog to Kids
This site features interesting articles that address puppy introductions to other pets and infants. Sometimes, even well-meaning actions can go all wrong in a scenario given the unpredictable disposal of toddlers and dogs; the site provides a useful checklist on the must-do's for pet owners leading to these introductions. An impressive article covered the nuances of dog communication tendencies, which we thought was rather intriguing. It has bits on how dogs communicate, through smell, and sometimes with their tails. It also enlightens owners on the basic know-hows of dog lingo, and how important communication is to dogs.

Protecting Children from Secondhand Smoke
This parent's guide by the Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has been developed to serve as a resource for reducing children's exposure to secondhand smoke in the home. As a parent, your role is important in protecting children from secondhand smoke. You can ensure them a smoke-free environment while in your care and can introduce information and actions that can be taken at home to reduce children's exposure. Creating and encouraging a smoke-free environment for children contributes to their safe and healthy development and overall well-being. Reducing children's exposure to secondhand smoke means changing the behavior of adults.


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