Strikes, crushes and jams lead to a significant number of A&E admissions. Here’s some advice on how to prevent accidents.

Top Tip

  1. Strikes can be defined as any object hitting your child.
  2. Think about objects that could fall onto your child, from flat screen TVs to bookcases. Use additional fixing to item furniture to walls wherever possible.
  3. Injuries, depending on the amount of force or pressure the child suffers, can vary from bruising to broken bones.
  4. Holding, cuddling, or even swaddling, a baby too tightly can cause crush-based injuries or pose a threat to their ability to breathe.
  5. Jams occur most often when fingers or limbs are trapped between a moving object, from doors to bike chains or gaps in skirting boards.

Safety tips

Babies and crawlers 

As tempting as it may be to tightly comfort a baby, remember their little bodies are delicate and not fully formed.

Crawlers move around your home and possibly into areas that you may not realise they are in. Always think before moving a heavy object to check your child is not in the way.

Toddlers

Teaching your toddler is key at this stage. Help they learn to keep a safe distance from heavy objects and warn them that it could be dangerous to climb on items like cabinets.

Road safety is an important lesson to teach your toddler. Warn them not to sneak behind or in front of cars, even in a driveway or garage.

When visiting friends or a new property, quickly scan for dangers, such as unfixed or wobbling furniture.

 

Pre-schoolers and school children

As with younger children, education is key. Make sure they’re aware of how to stay safe and avoid dangers.

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