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Child Safety

The Many Facets of Child Safety

There’s a wealth of information about child safety on the Internet. One reason for this of course is the importance of the subject. Another reason is the extremely wide range of topics that fit under the umbrella of the subject of safety for kids.

Falls Top the List

safetyFalls are a leading cause of injury among children. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injuries for this age group. According to the Children’s Safety Network, a non-profit organization, roughly 8,000 children are admitted to Emergency Care Units every day because of injuries caused by falls. That’s over 3 million admissions per year. While the very young can sometimes survive falls without broken bones, their heads are not as well protected as is the case with older children. For infants and children up through 3 years of age falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.

Safety Around the Home

Efforts to prevent injuries due to falls should start as soon as an infant begins to start moving about, although the real dangers usually begin to surface about the time a youngster begins to start walking. Toddlers fall down a lot at first, although usually not far, and they sometimes have a bump or a bruise to show for it. If you have stairs in your house however, a toddler can fall a lot farther, and one of the first child safety devices that needs to be put in place would be a safety gate.

When an infant begins to crawl, it’s time to begin child-proofing the house. While stairs are a potential danger, so are electrical outlets, lamp cords, and anything on a table a child could pull down on itself. Most children learn something from being hurt, but there are times when an injury can be so serious that the fact that a child may have learned something from it has relatively little meaning. The importance of taking preventive measures cannot be overemphasized.

Insofar as injuries from burns are concerned, very young children are more apt to be burned by scalding liquids or steam than is the case with older children. Older children have usually learned to stay away from stove tops, and are less likely to pull containers of hot liquids on themselves, but they are more apt that the younger ones to suffer injuries caused directly by flame.

Not all of the accidents that result in burns are due to something the child has done. Many burn injuries are a result of smoking. While cooking accidents account for the largest number of residential fire-related injuries, fires caused by smoking, especially cigarette smoking, account for the largest number of burn fatalities among children.

Firearm Safety Issues

If the number of children’s deaths and injuries caused by firearms appears to be increasing year by year, it is because that actually happens to be the case. Most of the deaths and injuries are accidental, and most of these accidental injuries are preventable. Accidental deaths and injuries are both self-inflicted and caused by others. Most are unintentional, a very few are intentional. Older children are at a greater risk of death or injuries from firearms than are the very young. The most effective method of prevention is one of reducing access to firearms. This means among other things their safe storage. When youngsters reach an age where they can safely use firearms it becomes imperative that they are instructed in their proper and safe use.

A Multitude of Other Child Safety Issues

boyThere are many other safety issues that can be addressed, and all are important. Car safety is one area that receives a great deal of attention. Small children must not only ride in safety seats, but the seats must be installed properly. The use of seat belts can be dangerous when children are too small for them, and airbags can represent a danger to small children as well. When possible, children in safety seats should be placed in the back seat when possible. If it is necessary that they ride in front, it is much safer if they can be seated facing backwards.

As children grow older the need to be instructed in bicycle safety, and as they grow older still, using off-road vehicles safely is another potential area of discussion. Teens need to be instructed in driving instruction, and all children should be taught the basics of pedestrian safety.

There are more areas of safety that need to be touched upon. Doing so would seem to make the world a more dangerous place than it actually is, but children need to be instructed in such areas as sports safety, playground safety, and for some, safety around farm machinery and farm animals.

This may seem like a lot, but all the necessary prevention activities and lectures on safety are not done at once, but over the years as a child grows older. The goal of course should be to imprint the importance of safe behavior in a child’s consciousness as early as possible. Obviously, it will require a greater effort with some children than with others.

Physical Workouts You Can Do With Your Dog

 

Dogs are great pets because they are very versatile animals. Different breeds of dogs are designed for various purposes. While some breeds like husky Pomeranian mix are more suitable as lap dogs, there are also breeds that are great as exercise or workout companions. In fact, you will be amazed at the wide range of physical activities that you can do with these animals. And these activities offer good health for both you and your pet.

Here are some of the popular options for activities you can do with dogs:

  • Walking – Walking is not a very strenuous activity, making it suitable for most if not all breeds of dogs including lap dogs. Walking can be a good exercise for you and your dog. You could take your pet for a walk before going to work daily or anytime during the week when you are free. Before taking your dog for a walk, remember to always observe safety precautions like putting your dog on a leash so that you can have better control of it. Your dog should also wear a collar tag for identification. And don’t forget to bring water and poop bag for picking up its messes.
  • Running – Some breeds are not only suitable for walking but also for running. Among these breeds are terriers, Goldendoodles and Weimaraners, which are good for long and steady runs. With proper training, they can be great runners, running 10 miles or more. Breeds like Greyhound, Beagles, Pitbull, Labrador and Golden Retriever are also excellent runners but they can only take shorter distances.

When running with your dog, its breed is not the only consideration. You should also consider its age because younger dogs should not be taken for long runs because their bones may not yet be fully developed, putting them more at risk of bone problems if you force them to run.

  • Swimming – If you have a dog that loves water, swimming with it can be a great activity. One of the breeds known to be great swimmers is the Irish Water Spaniel. Though any breed will do because dogs are natural swimmers. In additions, dogs with joint problems can benefit a lot from swimming. But if your dog is not comfortable with being in water, don’t force it.
  • Agility training – Obstacle courses are also a fun activity to do with dogs. This activity may involve running, crawling and jumping which could help develop their mental and physical development. As for you, it is also a good training especially if you are involved in sports or even self-defense training. Obstacle courses can help you to stay focused and be more flexible, which are necessary in self-defense training.
  • Other activities – Slow bike riding, rollerskating or rollerblading, and cross-country skiing are other activities you could do with your dog. Recently, a new kind of activity is increasingly becoming popular among dog owners. It is doga, which is a combination of dogs and yoga. Basically, doga involves doing yoga poses with your dog.

Before taking your pet for a certain kind of activity, it is best to consult your veterinarian first for advice. This is necessary because there are breeds that may not be suitable for some types of activity. Some activities would also not be suitable or advisable if your dog has certain health conditions.

Breastfeeding While Learning Self-Defense

Learning self-defense is as popular among women as it is among men. In fact, you can see a significant number of girls and adult women enrolling in various martial arts classes. And it is no longer surprising to see mothers and even new mothers learning self-defense. However, new moms or those who are still breastfeeding may find it really challenging to learn self-defense unless they stop breastfeeding.

Although the mother’s milk is generally the best milk for infants, there may be circumstances when breastfeeding has to be stopped such as when the nursing mother is taking regular medications, when the milk production is not enough, or when the mother has to work or pursue certain activities like martial arts. If you are a mom and are in any of these situations, here are some helpful tips on how to stop breastfeeding:

1. Prepare your baby. Don’t stop breastfeeding abruptly because it will be painful on you and it may also affect the feeding pattern of your baby. Slowly introduce feeding through a bottle or cup while still breastfeeding. At first, you may still need to feed your baby regularly. Then you can skip one feeding time and replace it with bottled milk, and then two feeding times until the breastfeeding becomes less frequent.

2. Feed you baby in a bottle or cup using pumped milk. While still preparing your baby, you can still feed it with your breast milk by pumping your milk and transferring it to a cup or bottle. This is applicable especially when you are just introducing bottle feeding. Many babies normally recognize the smell and taste of their mother’s milk and would normally refuse feeding on commercial milk at first.

3. Pump to relieve pressure on the breasts. When your baby starts to feed in a bottle, your milk production will not automatically disappear. Your body will still produce milk and as it is deposited in your breasts, the pressure can be painful. To avoid this, pump your milk out whenever your breasts become really painful. Then skip pumping at least once a day, then twice until pumping becomes less frequent.

4. Move your baby out of bed. If you are co-sleeping with your baby, it may be difficult to stop breastfeeding if you are co-sleeping. Babies have the natural instinct to nuzzle the breast at night. They can do this even with their eyes closed. But if you let them sleep separately like in a crib near your bed or in a separate room, this can be prevented.

5. Introduce solid foods to your baby. When your baby is at least 6 months old, you can already start introducing solid foods. As your baby consumes more solid food or bottled milk, they will turn to breast milk less often. And while that happens, your milk will also slowly dry up.

It can be a challenging task for mothers to stop breastfeeding their babies, you can read more at http://www.breastfeedingguidelines.com. Some mothers even become emotional at first to do it. But by observing the tips mentioned above, you can be able to stop breastfeeding with less difficulty.