Ask Dr Moore
ASK DR.MOORE October 01, 2004
CHILD SAFETY AND ACCIDENTS
Dr.Moore: The gulf coast of Florida has been in the news lately--battered by hurricanes and tropical storms. The media is filled with sensationalized news reports to warn locals of the impending threat to life.
While the dangerous weather bypassed us this summer, tragedy did not. Our community has lost the lives of several of its young people from tragic recreational accidents.
Accidents are the primary cause of death for children ages birth to
1. Motor vehicle accidents
The order varies depending on the age group, demographics, and climate.
Once again, the best approach is to know your children. Monitor their activities. Have input. Wear seatbelts 100% of the time. Watch your water and fire. Pools must be covered and fenced. A simple accident like a cooking pot pulled off a stove can permanently alter a child’s life. Use no open flame unless absolutely necessary. Make sure when they get into something new, they are ready to handle it. That means spend time with them or arrange for someone to give them lessons. This applies not only to unstructured activities but organized sports and hobbies too. And it doesn’t end with experience. Being good at something can lead to more challenging and daring acts. We have all read about famous pilots and skiers who were well trained but made fatal judgement errors.
While my thoughts on this continue to evolve, I'd like to hear your
opinions. Send your comments and suggestions to my email address below.
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