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Reducing Injuries to babies

Date: Tuesday, 03rd May 2022 | Category: General

In Greenwich and nationally there has been an increase in non-accidental injuries to babies under 1 year old.

Public Health England and the Child Accident Prevention Trust have information for professionals to increase knowledge of the risks and recommended prevention techniques, which focuses on preventing unintentional injuries in children under five years. This can also be shared directly with parents.

The NHS provides information on how to protect babies and toddlers from some of the most common accidents, including:

  • Choking
  • Suffocation
  • Strangulation
  • Falls
  • Poisoning
  • Burns and Scalds
  • Drowning
  • House fires
  • Glass related injuries

The NSPCC has tips for parents on physical safety and how to support good mental health for parents and babies, as well as their ‘Handle with care’ guide, which explains how parents can handle their baby safely, why parents should never shake their baby and suggests ways they can soothe them when they cry. There are tips on how to cope when the crying doesn’t stop or seems too much to handle.

NSPPC learning have a summary of “The myth of invisible men”: safeguarding children under one from non-accidental injury caused by male carers, which can be accessed here.