Every parent goes through the stage where they feel like a day doesn’t go by without a bump or a bruise. As children age, they develop physically, cognitively and behaviorally. Understanding these developmental stages is the key to preventing unintentional childhood injury. That is what National Safe Kids Week 2009 is all about.
Safe Kids USA recently released the first-ever safety report to combine specific age-appropriate safety tips with research on cognitive, behavioral and physical abilities and limitations to support why certain safety precautions are critical. The safety tips cover the leading causes of unintentional injury, including falls, bike-related injuries, motor vehicle occupancy injuries, fire and burns, and poisonings. Get the full “Raising Safe Kids: One Stage at a Time,” report here.
This week, injury prevention professionals across the U.S., including those of us at Safe Kids Wisconsin, are celebrating the decrease in unintentional injuries in the U.S. by doing what we do best – educating parents and caregivers. Whether it’s a car seat check event, a home safety assessment or a parent workshop, we’re working to keep kids safe.
What do you think about the findings in the new report? Leave your comments below.
Libbe Slavin, coordinator, Safe Kids Wisconsin