Preventing injuries to your children may feel like a nearly impossible task. You’re constantly following them around, warning them, teaching them and buying safety equipment — like bike helmets — that you then have to convince them to use.
It’s tough, but it’s important for parents to identify potential threats. Below are five ways that children are often injured.
1. Playing in bounce houses.
Statistics show that more than 50 percent of children injured in bounce houses are between the ages of 6 and 12.
2. Hair-thread tourniquet syndrome.
A single strand of hair that ends up wrapped around a newborn’s tiny toes or fingers may cut off circulation. If nothing is done, this could result in lasting damage, such as an amputation.
3. Laundry-detergent pouches.
It’s easier to do the laundry or your dishes with a pouch of detergent, rather than the liquid itself, but children often think the pouches are candy.
4. Playground equipment.
The playground is fun, but it’s hazardous. Kids can fall off the jungle-gym, hit their heads on the slide and much more. Supervision is needed, but not even watching the kids can prevent all accidents.
Furniture that isn’t anchored to the wall can fall on children. Common issues include dressers and flat-screen televisions. One report found that as many as 25,000 kids were injured annually and many were killed.
There is only so much you can do as a parent. Accidents happen, other adults — like teachers or babysitters — are negligent and your kids wind up in the hospital. When this happens, be sure you know what legal options you have.
Source: Live Science, “9 Weird Ways Kids Can Get Hurt,” Cari Nierenberg, accessed Aug. 31, 2017