Your babys safety

The hazardous life of being baby

Most baby accidents happen at home. Read this series of articles about your babys safety. Learn the most common accidents among babies.

Caring for a baby is a full time job. Their curiosity and lust for life, can bring them into numerous lifethreatening situations. This book will give you tips to prevent this.

Most accidents happen at home.

For children, accidents often happen at home, in the garden or in the courtyard. Statistically, accidents are the most prominent threat to a child’s health. As a result, small children should never be left unattended by adults.
Children need challenges and excitement. They should also have the opportunity to learn from their own mistakes. As a parent, your children must be prevented from being involved in serious accidents. Accidents can be prevented by providing the child a safe environment to grow up in. This allows for the child to develop at their own pace and with the kind of curiosity that comes with it.


  • For children less than 1 year of age, two–thirds of injury deaths were due to suffocation.
  • Drowning was the leading cause injury death for those 1 to 4 years of age.
    CDC – 2008

Children develop quickly.

Most accidents involving small children happen when they learn something new and the parents are unprepared. When small children begin to crawl and to walk, they do not yet have full control over their movements.
They do not have full balance in their bodies and cannot judge distance, which increases the risk of accidents. Children in the crawling stage may suddenly find themselves coming up a flight of stairs, and they investigate everything they find on the floor and on the tables by putting it in their mouths. This opens up the risk of the child choking or poisoned by, for example, cigarettes or medicines that have been left out.

The most common accidents.

  • Falling accidents – the child rolls down from the changing table, from the sofa or reaches too far forward in their high-chair, accidentally making it fall over. These accidents often occur as a result of a poorly designed changing area or a lack of supervision. The most serious accidents happen on stairs, out of windows or from balconies.
  • Contact accidents – accidents where, for example, something falls on top of the child’s head or onto their toes.
  • Squeezing, stings and cuts – the child gets their fingers pinched in doors, or accidentally stabs themselves on a sharp object, or cuts their fingers.
  • Burn accidents – such as scalding with coffee, tea or boiling water.
  • Poisoning accidents – through means such as medicine, vitamins, cleaning products and so on.
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