Causes of child injury and how you can be prepared

As children find their feet and navigate the world with fresh curiosity and wonder, there will naturally be times when they may experience bumps, scratches, burns or falls, among other things. While there are many practical things you can do to prevent incidents and accidents, we can’t always protect children from everything despite our every effort. Sometimes a bandaid, a hug and some ‘kiss-it-better’ treatment will do the trick, but with unintentional injuries being the biggest cause of death and disability in children under 15 years in Australia, it’s worth being prepared in case something more serious occurs.

Common child injuries and accidents

  • falls
  • road accidents such as running out into traffic
  • poisoning
  • burns and scalds
  • splinters
  • scratches
  • drowning
  • choking, strangling and suffocation
  • crushing, trapping
  • smoke inhalation
  • eye injuries
  • bicycle accidents
  • bites and stings

How you can be prepared

  • Keep a list of emergency numbers in handy locations, such as with your first aid kit in the home, in the car and in your bag
  • Do a first aid course so that you’re prepared for any injuries or accidents your child might have
  • Keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car

Causes of child injury and how you can be prepared
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