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Are your windows kid-safe?

Thousands of children are sent to the Emergency Department every year after falling out of windows. Some of these falls are mild, while some result in serious, even fatal, injuries. But the one thing all these accidents have in common is they are preventable.

Please share this info graphic with anyone you know who has children at home whom you want to keep safe around windows!

NOTE: If you are a resident of Boston you can purchase Guardian Angel window guards at cost from the Boston Building Resources website.

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Keep kids safe in extreme heat

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Temperatures are set to skyrocket all across the East Coast for the next few days. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your family stay safe in the summer’s first heat wave. For more summer safety tips, download Boston Children’s Hospital’s summer safety brochure.

If your children are playing outdoors, make sure they take water breaks, even if they’re not thirsty. If a child complains about any of the following he could be overheated or at risk for heat illness:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps

If your child has of any of these symptoms, have him lie down in a cool, shaded area with his feet slightly raised, with drinking water and a cool cloth on hand.

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Proper window safety is crucial for homes with young children

kid looking out windowIt was reported yesterday that a toddler in Lowell fell out of a second-story window and had to be rushed to Children’s Hospital Boston for emergency care. Falls from windows are very dangerous for toddlers and small children, and as the weather gets warmer the number cases involving kids tumbling through windows that are only screened in are expected to rise.

In this installment of her monthly injury prevention column Lois Lee, MD, MPH of Children’s Emergency Department Injury Prevention Program, discusses the dangers of leaving windows open in homes with small children.

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Home is where the hurt is? Child proofing your house

stockphotopro_7748403zhk_the_stair_masteLois Lee, MD, MPH works in Children’s Emergency Department Injury Prevention Program

As a parent, you might not think of your home as a hazardous place, but through the eyes of a pediatric emergency physician, the home can sometimes seem like a dangerous booby trap for young kids. Places where children can potentially come into harm are everywhere in the home, but with the proper precautions and carefully placed childproofing equipment, you can do your best to keep your child safe.

Falls are one of the number one reasons children come to the emergency department for an injury. Stairs are a common culprit, especially for young children who may not be able to climb stairs well (or maybe not at all.)

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