Unlike us, children are frail, weak and extremely curious creatures. While I personally think curiosity is anything but bad especially in modern days, for children it could mean the difference between life and death. There is a very good reason why there is a giant label attached to medication canisters that says, “KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN”. Children do not have a matured view on the world as compared to adults, and there is little stopping them from inadvertently consuming those shiny white tablets. The responsibility therefore lies on the educated, knowing caregiver to ensure that such a thing, as well as other accidents, does not happen. Today, I will tell you about some common kids injuries that come about from things you might not even know or ever thought about.
Common Kids Injuries #1: Infant suffocation
A fearsome AND among the most common kids injuries. It is extremely easy to cause an infant to suffocate unintentionally. It can be a soft toy or a loose blanket that slightly covers his face that results in him not getting enough oxygen. In order to reduce the risk of causing your child to suffocate, ensure that he sleeps on a firm surface that is free from any loose objects or blankets. Also, ensure that he sleeps on his back at all times. An unobstructed breathing pathway will ensure that your child gets his necessary oxygen, and will prevent any unwanted tragedies.
Common Kids Injuries #2: Drowning
When around large bodies of water, be it for swimming lessons or a pool party, ensure that your child is wearing a life vest, and keep a watchful eye on him at all times. Remember that accidents happen, and all it takes for a few seconds of unawareness for terrible incidents to occur.
Common Kids Injuries #3: Poisoning
This might not sound right as part of “common kids injuries” but it definitely is. As mentioned in the introductory paragraph, when children get into medications intended for others, or a bottle containing detergent, they might consume them out of curiosity. Grandpa’s insulin jabs or dad’s high blood pressure medications can result in extremely bad side effects that a child should not be experiencing, such as seizures, or something subtle such as dehydration due to consumption of diuretics. Keep dangerous chemicals and drugs out of reach for children, and always keep an eye on them!
Common Kids Injuries #4: Fractures
While your child is imitating Tarzan and swinging across the monkey bars at the playground, he might be overzealous about his physical capabilities and fall. This might result in cuts and bruises, or even fractures. To prevent such incidents from occurring, ensure the playground is adequately padded with materials that can break falls. As for falling from other physical activities such as riding a bike, ensure that he wears elbow and knee pads, and a helmet. This ensures that when falls happen your child is protected. Common kids injuries like these are hard to avoid (kids love jumping around) but we can try mitigate the risk of serious damage.
Common Kids Injuries #5: Carbon monoxide poisoning
Though definitely a stretch in Singapore, carbon monoxide poisoning is sinister because it acts in ways you literally cannot see. Carbon monoxide is transparent and odourless, and is highly toxic to humans because of the way it interacts with our body. Haemoglobin molecules in our blood carry oxygen to all the different parts of our body. However, when haemoglobin molecules come into contact with carbon monoxide, they get turned into carboxyhaemoglobin, which prevents the new molecule from carrying oxygen. If our body does not receive oxygen, things can go bad really fast. If your child is in your car, ensure that the car does not stay still with the engine on. Carbon monoxide from the exhaust can poison your child without you even knowing. Not the most common of common kids injuries but still a good safety reminder.
Common Kids Injuries #6: Injuries from car accidents
Don’t underestimate the inclusion of this as common kids injuries just because we don’t hear it as often in Singapore. ALOT of kids have suffered small fractures because of a lack of safety seats in cars. Just as how statistically adult passengers who wear seatbelts that secure them to the car are more likely to survive than those who choose not to wear a seatbelt, children who are smaller in size than adults that are secured to the car are more likely to survive than those who are not. The seatbelt in cars are not designed for small children, so it is necessary for them to be seated in a child safety seat. And don’t forget, while you might be a safe driver, don’t overestimate the driving ability of our fellow Singaporeans.
There are many varieties of child safety seats, so educate yourself on how to properly install one into your car to ensure that your child stays safe should a car accident happen. Remember, when cars come to a sudden stop whilst previously travelling at high speeds, you will still be travelling at the speed the car was travelling at and you might be flung out your windshield. This applies to your child as well.