According to BabyCentre, more than one million children in the UK are taken to hospital after being involved in an accident in the home every year. Those most at risk from a home accident are children under five years old. Dr.Sibel Kılıcaslan, a Child Health and Diseases Specialist, says that a safe environment can be created with precautions taken beforehand, by simply making small yet effective changes at home.
Most of the accidents are preventable events that occur in houses or in the garden, pools and garages. With simple precautions you take in advance, you can make your home a much safer and more peaceful place for you and for your loved ones.
Children in the 0-6 age group constitute the highest percentage of victims of accidents, as they spend most of their time at home, not to mention their high level of curiosity in discovering and learning about their surroundings, their ability to imitate elders, being in constant motion, and the desire to explore the environment. Toddlers also have a habit of taking everything to their mouths due to lack of knowledge and experience. Furthermore babies and toddlers hand and body skills are much higher than adults, and do not have sufficient developmental skills to protect themselves from accidents.
Most common accidents in the home
The most common types of home accidents among children are falls, burns, poisoning, drowning, and swallowing objects. In children younger than one year old, choking and suffocation are more common. Falling, boiling water, burning with fire and poisoning are more common among children aged 1-4 years. Between the ages of 2 to 4, poisoning increases with cleaning agents and medications lying around, and after 5 years of age it increases with medicines stored within reach. In a study conducted by UNICEF, the most common types of accidents in children aged 0-6 years who have suffered an accident are falls (63%), burns (16%), car accidents (7%) and poisoning (4.4%).
Precautions to be taken for 0-1 age group
Falling, choking, drowning, burning, and poisoning are frequent amongst 0-1 age group.
Precautions to be taken for 1-5 age group
Again, falling, drowning, burning, and poisoning are quite frequent amongst the 1-5 age group.