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Why Child Proof Your Home?
Preventable injuries are the number one cause of death of children. The majority of preventable injuries do occur in the home. 2,700 children die annually from preventable injury in the home. The next number really alarms us; 120,000 children are permanently disabled with 70 percent of those children being under the age of 4.
Happily, a lot of the children are not fatalities, but you must ask yourself, just what kind of condition are they in if they are permanently disabled. Did they fall and break their back and become paralyzed? Do they have behavioral problems from a poison? Did they lose a finger?
If a disease were killing our children at the rate reflected in these statistics, parents would be outraged and would demand a cure. Yet, injuries are occurring like a major health epidemic.
When children first begin to crawl, their curiosity about the world around them triples as they explore any and everything. Pre-schoolers develop motor skills but they have poor impulse control and judgment. Children don’t have the strength, coordination nor maturity to avoid injury and their curiosity is a powerful force. As a result, they enter one of the most dangerous times of their lives when they are at the highest risk for injury.
Many parents will think considering child safety is not necessary. Afterall, their parents didn’t seem to do any thing special and they were raised successfully. But stop and think ….., how would you feel if you were one of those parents whose child died in the emergency room?
There is absolutely no greater devastation than loosing a child and certainly that devastation is compounded when the loss is due to a preventable accident. Your question is not will your child find hazards in the home, but when. So, do we do as our parents did or do we learn from our mistakes and take preventative measures to stop accidents from happening?
When should you evaluate the safety of your home?
It is recommended that you make your home safe before your child is born or at least by the time they are six months old. This will give you time to personally adjust to the changes and to develop new habits of closing gates and latching cabinets. Also, a new “evaluation” should be done every six months. As your child grows and develops….changes will still need to be made. See additional safety recommendations at childproofadvice.com.
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