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Childhood accidents are numerous and range from the less common, yet nightmarish car accidents and child abductions to equally dangerous, more commonplace playground and pool accidents. Ensuring physical safety is important while avoiding being overprotective, because it scares the child into fearing the world while stunting a healthy curiosity. In this article, we will show you how to help ensure your child's safety in the following areas:

  • Child Care Safety Car accidents are the leading cause of injury for infants. While there are plenty of devices on the market to make your car perfectly safe for a child, some parents do not use them or use them improperly. In fact, the most common injury stems from children sitting in a parent's lap. On this page, we will show you the proper safety measures you should take when your little one is in the car.
  • Preventing Child Abductions Though child abductions are not very common, they remain a main fear of most new parents. The key to decreasing your child's chances of getting abducting is instilling the proper amount of apprehension about strangers without making your child terrified of the world around him. Teaching your child your phone number, address, and other important bits of information can also help prevent abductions.
  • Playground Safety Though they rarely result in death, playground accidents are the leading cause of injury to elementary school kids. Falling ten feet off the slide or monkey bars, especially onto hard surfaces like concrete, can result in lacerations, fractures or paralysis. Parental supervision, and teaching kids how to be safe, increases playground safety.
  • Pool Safety Another great risk facing children, especially toddlers, is drowning or water aspiration if they are near a pool or other body of water. Toddlers are too young for swimming lessons, and their contact with the water should be limited, though lessons are definitely a good idea for older kids. On this page, we will show you how to protect your child at the pool.
  • Handling a Childhood Accident Generally speaking, childhood accidents will happen, usually on a smaller scale, and while ensuring physical safety is important, overprotectiveness is not a virtue because it scares the child into fearing the world while stunting a healthy curiosity. Remember that a cat that jumps on a hot stove once will never jump on a hot stove again, but it won't jump on a cold stove either. In this section, you will learn how to deal with the inevitable accident.