This topic suggests ways to help
prevent illness and accidental injuries in young children. It does not cover
every risk that a child faces, but it does cover many of the most common
hazards and situations that can be dangerous to children ages 2 to 5
Why should you be concerned about your child’s health and safety?
Children in this age range are gaining many new skills and feel
more and more independent. They may be curious, want to explore the world
around them, and act without thinking. This can lead to dangerous
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child is gaining in confidence and probably wants to explore. But your child
still needs your close supervision and guidance. You can:
Set up and consistently enforce rules and limits to help your child learn about dangers.
Supervise your child and teach your child some basic safety rules and precautions for inside and outside the home. For
example, teach your child to always use the car seat and that ovens and
toasters can cause burns.
Practice healthy habits to protect your child against illness and infection. For example, wash
your hands often and keep toys clean, make sure your child is
immunized, and go to all well-child visits.
Take safety measures around the home.
For example, store poisonous products out of your child’s reach, and use safety
covers on all electrical outlets.
Understand that your child will go through active and
curious phases. Recognize these periods, and think about what you can do to
avoid safety hazards. If your child is discovering the joys of riding a
tricycle, for example, be sure to make riding in the street off limits.
No one can watch a child’s every move or make a
home 100% safe all the time. Try to find a balance among supervising your
child, taking safety precautions, and allowing your child to explore.
How can your stress level affect your child's safety?
Taking care of yourself is a vital part of keeping your child safe. Most
injuries to children happen when parents or caregivers are tired, hungry, or
emotionally drained or are having relationship problems. Other common causes of
family stress include changes in daily routines, moving to a new house, or
expecting another child.
Learn all you can about child growth and
development. Doing so can help you learn what to expect and how to handle
If you feel stressed, get help. Talk to your
doctor or your child’s doctor, or see a counselor. Get together regularly with
family and friends, or join a parenting group.
Call 911 right away if you feel you are about to hurt yourself or your child.