Each year, as many children lose their lives due to injuries, as all other causes combined. Injuries are also among the most likely causes for a child to be hospitalized. Prevention is the best approach. We often think of injuries as being the result of an “accident” or “bad luck” – and though most injuries are unintentional, studies repeatedly show that both the occurrence and seriousness of most injuries can in fact be prevented. So one of the very best ways to actively protect your child’s health is through injury prevention.
Paying closer attention to your child is of course a good place to start, but it is unrealistic to think that you can catch a child’s every move. And so it is key to know when and where injuries are likely to occur and to take preventative measures that minimize the opportunities for injuries – before they happen.
Pediatrician DR.PAUL Roumeliotis is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The information provided above is designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to replace the advice and care of your child’s physician, nor is it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If you suspect that your child has a medical condition always consult a physician.