Being a parent is one of the hardest things anyone has to do because of the stress and anxiety that comes with it when you worry over their safety. Protecting your kid means more than just ‘child-proofing’ your home; it means keeping them away from harm at all times. Below are helpful tips on the safety measures you can take to protect your child from accidents whether they’re in a car, in a pool, or running around at home.
How to Always Protect Your Child from Accidents
Keep Your Child Safe in the Car
You need always to make sure that you’re taking the right safety precautions to keep your child safe in your car. Any child until the age of 12 should always stay buckled safely in the backseat. It’s highly recommended getting an age-appropriate car seat or booster seat according to your child’s size and age. Infants need to be secured in a rear-facing car seat until they’re at least a year old. For toddlers and kids, use booster seats until they’re old and big enough to use the adult seatbelt. Make sure a certified child passenger safety technician inspects your car/booster seat as they’re able to tell if you got the right seat and how to install it. Be sure always to have your locks on the child safety option so they won’t open the windows or doors. Buckle up yourself, of course, and drive safely.
Post Car Accident Safety
You also need to prepare for the worst case scenario. What if the worst has happened and you got into a car accident? How should you protect your child? Well, there are a few things you need to look out for to protect your child from more injuries after a car accident.
First off, park at the side of the road after a fender bender. For extreme accidents, call 911 or your local EMTs and listen to their instructions. They will probably ask you to not take your child out of your car seat. As hard as this may be for you, it’s better that they do a check-up on your child, so you won’t cause their injuries to worsen by carrying them.
While you wait for help, carefully monitor your child looking for any signs or symptoms like heavy or abnormal breathing, nose or mouth bleeds, or unclear speech. Children are more susceptible to injuries, so keep a close eye and follow up with your doctor. If your parental instinct kicked in and you want to be sure your child is okay, after the EMTs clear your child from any harm after an accident, be sure to go to an ER doctor as well followed by a pediatrician after a few days to be completely safe.
Getting Protective Measures after an Accident
One thing you might be wondering after an accident is how to get compensation for your child’s injuries. Many parents would ask: should I hire a lawyer if my kid was in the car during the accident? As much as it might be a worrying legal process, but at a time when you’re trying to take care of your child, you need someone professional to be able to get you the compensation you deserve.
Some insurance companies may take advantage of your emotional state, so you need someone unbiased who understands the law. This in itself is a form of child protection because they cannot defend themselves to get the compensation they’re entitled to. Another protective measure you need to take is to change your child’s car seat. Even if it wasn’t totally damaged, you need to protect your child at all times, so changing it is the safer option.
Prevent Drowning Accidents
Freak accidents can happen to anyone, even at home or at your neighborhood pool. Never leave your child alone in a bathtub as they can drown in seconds in a few centimeters of water, avoid slipping too by adding a padded bathtub mat. Teach your child to swim or float at a young age to prevent accidents from happening at the beach or pool. Always be in arm’s reach of your child when you’re around an area of water and constantly have your eye on them. Be sure to use floaties for extra protection during swimming or lifejackets when they’re on a boat. To be fully prepared for accidental drowning, learn how to do CPR beforehand because there are times when EMTs take a while to get to you.
Protect Your Child at Home
Home accidents are more common than you think; many children, especially if they’re just learning to walk, fall quite often and easily bump their heads. To avoid this, there are some safety measures and baby-proofing techniques that can be achieved at home. Try to remove any tripping hazards like loose rugs or electrical cords and be sure to soften any sharp edge like tables or benches by padding the sides and edges. Keep furniture away from windows, so your child doesn’t climb up to an open window. If you have stairs, install baby gates at the top of the stairs and the bottom so they won’t go exploring on their own. Be sure to bolt all bookshelves to the wall to avoid it falling on your child.
Keep a Close Eye
Accidents can happen in a blink of an eye; you often worry about your child’s safety at all times and, like any good parent, you will do whatever you can to protect your kids. Be their constant lookout while allowing them to enjoy their childhood as well. It’s a parent’s job to let their children experience life, but they should do so safely.