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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

Grandparents Often Rely on Outdated Safety Advice

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As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Your village might include family, friends, child care centers, schools, religious centers, sports, clubs, or activities. When it comes to raising a healthy, happy child, how to you ensure that everyone in your village is doing what they can to keep your child safe?

Grandparents are a common group in many people’s villages, but a recent study shows that many grandparents are relying on old advice when it comes to child safety. (If you didn’t see the study, here’s a good article on the study from CNN.) As the article notes, more and more grandparents are serving as primary or secondary caregivers, and they might feel that they know what they’re doing, considering they have already raised at least one child to adulthood.

What we know about child injury, however, has changed since most grandparents were dealing with diapers and naptime. Car seats look nothing like they used to, we don’t use ice baths for fever, and safe sleep means a bare crib with baby on his back. With all the changes, even new parents can find up-to-date recommendations overwhelming, so it’s not surprising that grandparents aren’t fully aware of the best way to keep their grandchildren safe.

So what does this mean for parents? Don’t assume that everyone in your village knows how you want your child to be cared for. Gently but firmly correct any issues you see, and encourage others to review the most up-to-date guidelines for child safety (the American Academy of Pediatrics’ healthychildren.org is great place to go for current recommendations).

Your village is an important source of love, comfort, and support for your child. With everyone on the same safety page, we all can share in the joy of watching a beloved child grow into a thriving adult.

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