Published: May 3, 2007
Updated: May 3, 2007
I remember bending down to get something from the exam table -- only to reach with my foot just in time to catch an infant from rolling off the table. And this was in the doctor’s office.
Safety preparation begins before children even arrive home and continue throughout childhood. Supervision and attentiveness is always of paramount importance with respect to your child’s safety.
So how can you help keep your child safe? Dr. Jennifer Lawson of Duke Children’s Primary Care gives us tips on what to look for and how to keep our children safe from the interesting but potentially dangerous environment.
-- Dennis Clements, MD, PhD, MPH
Accidental injury is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children. The tips listed here can help you be prepared before and after your child arrives at home.
The world is an exciting place for a child, full of interesting things about which to learn. However, it also presents opportunities in which serious accidents can occur.
Allow your child to grow and explore, but help provide the safest environment you can by following safety guidelines, educating and always supervising.
-- Jennifer M. Lawson, MD, is a physician with Duke Children’s Primary Care.
-- Dennis Clements, MD, PhD, MPH, is the chief of primary care pediatrics at Duke Children's Hospital.