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Safe toddlers

A child suffered burns from a cup of tea.

A toddler playing in the garden under observation from a kitchen window let the brake off an old fashioned high pram so he could take his new sister for a walk and the pram toppled before anyone could get to it.

A toddler wanders into the bathroom and tries to drink a bottle of bubble bath.

And so it goes on. Living is a dangerous activity for a toddler.

Most doctors who have spent some time in general practice, paediatrics or accident and emergency departments will have some indelible memories of the consequences of accidents in the home involving young children.

The most important basic rule is never to let young toddlers out of your sight even if you feel your home has been made accident proof. Toddlers are inquisitive and have no concept of danger and they will discover interesting activities that have never even crossed your mind.

The link below covers hazards in the kitchen, cleaning products and household chemicals, electrical cords, stoves and ovens, living rooms and bedrooms, windows, shelving, floor covering, tablecloths, power points, the bathroom and stairs.

TODDLERS : MAKING YOUR HOME SAFE

COUNTRY : UK

“Children love playing with running water but it only takes 10cm (4in) of water for a small child to drown.
If a small child’s face goes underwater, they will automatically breathe in so that they can scream and this will fill their lungs with water.

Children also lose their sense of direction underwater, so they can’t react by pulling their head out or standing up as an adult would do.

Put bath and basin plugs out of reach, so that a child can’t fill up the bath or basin.

The toilet lid can be held down with a clip attachment, so a child can’t open it.

You may want to adjust the thermostat on the boiler while your child is still a toddler – so if they turn on a tap, they won’t be scalded with very hot water.

All medicine, tablets, vitamins and herbal remedies should be locked in a medicine cabinet or other cupboard, so a child can’t get to them and swallow them – colourful pills are very attractive to children.

Remember that medical poisonings can be extremely serious.

There are no completely child-proof containers, so make sure that anything dangerous is locked away or well out of reach to an inquisitive and agile child.”

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Burns and Scalds

COUNTRY: UK

Burns and scalds require immediate treatment once the patient has been removed from the offending situation.

This normally involves the immediate use of cold running water over the affected area. Ice should NOT be used and creams, ointments or other greasy substances should NOT be applied.

The links given here lead to three separate pages headed “introduction” “treatment” and “recovery.” If you are dealing with a patient who has just been burnt, click on the TREATMENT link first:

It is very important to stop the burning process as soon as possible. This may mean removing the person from the area, dousing flames with water, or smothering their body with a blanket to put out any flames. However, do not put yourself at risk of getting burned as well.

NHS CHOICES – BURNS AND SCALDS

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