Accidents & Preventing Injuries: The Focus of our October Campaign

Children for Health has created 100 messages for children to learn and share; 10 messages in 10 health topics. The focus of our work this month is Accidents & Preventing Injuries.

A baby plays on the floor next to a table where an older child is chopping vegetables.Would these messages be useful for the children you know? Would they be useful for teachers who are working with children on health topics? Do you have expertise in this area? Would you advise us to revise or replace any of these messages?

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  1. Cooking areas are dangerous for young children. Keep them away from fires and from sharp or heavy objects.
  2. Children need to avoid breathing smoke from fires. It causes illness and coughing.
  3. Anything poisonous must be kept out of the reach of children. Don’t put poisons in empty soft drink bottles.
  4. If a child is burned, put cold water on the burn immediately until the pain lessens (10 minutes or more).
  5. Vehicles and bicycles kill and injure children every day. Be aware of all vehicles and show others how to be safe too.
  6. Look out for dangers for young children like knives, glass, electric plugs, wire, nails, pins etc.
  7. Stop young children eating dirt or putting small things into or near their mouths (e.g. coins, buttons) as these can block breathing.
  8. Stop young children playing near to water where they may fall in (rivers, lakes, ponds, wells).
  9. Create a first-aid kit for home or school (soap, scissors, disinfectant and antiseptic cream, cotton wool, thermometer, bandages/plasters and ORS).
  10. When you go somewhere new with a young child, be aware! Look and ask about the dangers for young children.

Click here for more information on each message and what children can make, do and ask!

Grey circle with an illustrated brown child's hand and wrist with a white bandage wrapped around their palm to illustrate Accidents and Preventing Injuries.

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