Kitchen Safety for Kids
It’s a simple thing to remember, but it’s easy to forget: if you have food cooking on the stove, don’t leave your children alone in the kitchen, even for a second. One quick pull on a simmering pot can cause your child severe pain and possible disfigurement for life.
Even though most people know about this danger, children keep arriving at hospital emergency rooms after being burned in the kitchen. Keep all pot handles out of kids’ reach. Make sure any electrical cords are out of the way too. If the oven is on, don’t let your kids get near it.
If at all possible, try to keep the kids out of the kitchen when you’re cooking. If you can’t do that, don’t take your eyes off them for a second.
Kids and Side Air Bags
According to The National Transportation Safety Board, all children under 12 should ride in the back seat. The main reason is that the force of a deploying air bag is more likely to cause serious injury or death to smaller individuals.
Don’t ever let a child ride in a safety seat in the front. In an accident, the air bag will inflate quickly. The safety seat will not protect the child from the air bag.
Air bags can even be dangerous for adults who don’t sit properly in the seat. Sit as far away from the air bag as possible. Don’t lean forward towards the dashboard, and always remain buckled up.
Visit the National Transportation Safety Board for more detailed information about children and air bags.
Source: National Transportation Safety Board
Why Eye Exams for Kids?
Eye problems can get worse if you don’t get treatment for them. And vision problems can affect your child’s academic and athletic performance.
Eye doctors recommend that children have eye exams
- At birth
- At six to 12 months
- At age three or three and a half
After that, routine examinations that are done at school should detect any additional problems. But if there are any symptoms of vision trouble, don’t wait for the next school exam. Schedule an appointment with an eye doctor.
Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology
Some Head Lice Facts
Your best bet for not getting head lice is to avoid contact with a person who is infected with them. Make sure your children know it’s not a good idea to share combs and brushes, hats or pillows.
Head lice don’t jump or fly, and they will usually die if they spend more than 24 hours off their host.
Shampoos that claim to kill head lice may be harmful to people who have pre-existing illnesses such as epilepsy, asthma, AIDS or cancer. The National Pediculosis Foundation recommends manual removal as the best way to get rid of lice, but be sure to talk to your pediatrician about the best lice removal plan for your child.
Source: The National Pediculosis Foundation
Safely to School
A couple of weeks after your child starts walking to school, give some thought to going on one of those walks one morning. It’ll give you an idea of what exactly goes on. Are there any unsafe street crossings where traffic is tough to negotiate? Any “scary” bullies or other unsavory characters your child has to deal with every day? What about dogs that roam freely and seem unfriendly?
You’re more likely to find out these kinds of things after your child has established a routine and is more at ease rather than on the first day of school.