Posts Tagged ‘preventing injuries’

Keeping your child’s eyes safe

Friday, August 29th, 2014

eyeDid you know that August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety month? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “nine out of ten eye injuries are preventable, and almost half occur around the home.” Here are some safety guidelines from AAP to help prevent eye injuries:
• Make sure that any chemicals, such as detergents and cleaning fluids, are kept out of reach of children.
• Take a look at your children’s toys and watch out for sharp parts, especially for very young children.
• Teach your children how to hold scissors and pencils properly when they are young. That way as they get older, they will maintain these good habits.
• Looking directly into the sun can cause severe eye damage. And make sure that they never look directly at an eclipse of the sun.
• If you are working around the house with tools, either your child should not be in the area, or she should wear safety goggles.
• Keep your child away from power lawn mowers. These can launch rocks or other objects, making them dangerous projectiles.
• If your child is playing sports, make sure she is wearing eye protection that is appropriate for the sport.
• Children should be kept far away if you are lighting fires. And your child should NEVER be near fireworks of any kind.

Typically if dust or other small particles get in the eye, tears will actually clean the eye and wash them out. However, if a more serious eye injury occurs, make sure you call your pediatrician or go to the emergency room right away. For more information, you can read our previous post about healthy eye care for your baby and child.

If you have questions, feel free to email us at AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

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So long coffee table

Friday, May 14th, 2010

41808782_thbIt’s official. My daughter’s a toddler. She got her walking papers last month and she’s taken over the house. We can’t turn our back on her for a second. She’s obsessed with trying to drown my cell phone in the toilet.  She rummages through my purse trying to locate the car keys.  She’s very proud of herself now that she’s discovered the panic button! While these antics are on some level amusing, I really do worry about her safety on a constant basis. She’s mastered climbing, too and has rightfully earned the nickname, “monkey”. Therefore we’ve retired the coffee table to the garage where it will mostly likely stay until she goes off to college (better to be safe than sorry). On top of that she’s teething up a storm and will attempt to put anything in her mouth including, but not limited to my husband’s running sneakers. On the one hand, I’m thrilled that she’s exploring her environment and becoming her own person, but it’s making my job as a parent that much harder. Actually…it’s a nightmare. I’ve done everything I can think of to make our home safe for her. She always seems to find trouble though. Are you in the same boat? I’d love to hear from you. Click here and here to read some helpful fact sheets on child safety.