Magazine article Working Mother

Steer Clear of Kid Mishaps

Magazine article Working Mother

Steer Clear of Kid Mishaps

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Accidents happen-and they happen to kids-but many common ones can be avoided if you take the proper preventive measures, says researcher Gary A. Smith, MD, of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids in Columbus, OH.

CULPRIT Shopping carts In 2005, some 20,700 children under the age of 5 were treated for shopping-cart-related injuries, Including serious falls and head and neck traumas.

Safety first Always use child restraints. Shop at stores that offer carts designed to seat kids closer to the floor.

CULPRIT Lawn mowers An estimated 9,400 kids are hurt every year in mower-related accidents, ranging from lacerations to amputations.

Safety first Never drive a mower with your child on your lap. Double-check that your child is nowhere near one in operation.

CULPRIT Escalators On average, 2,000 children are injured each year on escalators. …

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