Promoting child safety and preventing unintentional injuries (accidents)
Children are naturally curious. They explore the world around them. But everywhere, particularly in the comfort of their own home, there are dangers - both obvious and hidden. This site aims to support parents and all who care for children by highlighting many of these dangers and giving valuable tips on how to help keep children safe in and around their home.
Did you know that your baby should not wear a hat when being put down to sleep?
Your baby loses heat through their head so covering it may cause your baby to become overheated. We all want our babies to be cosy and comfortable as they sleep. But overheating can increase the risk of cot death. A baby can also overheat when asleep because of too much bedding or clothes or because the room is too hot. For more information see the "don't let baby get too hot" advice in our Safe Sleep for your Baby section.
And remember - always place your baby on their back to sleep, with their feet to the foot of their cot and their face and head free of clothes and covers.
Visit our Hot Topics section for further items of interest
Latest "product recalls" by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are available at www.ccpc.ie
*The words we use in the Child Safety Programme:
- "Accident" implies an unpredictable and, therefore, unavoidable event.
- However, we know that most childhood injuries, and the events leading to them, are predictable and preventable.
- This is why the Child Safety Awareness Programme favours the use of the term "unintentional injury".
About this site:
This child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health - Midlands to support the Child Safety Programme (CSP).
More detailed information and further topics will be added over time.The information points on these webpages are neither complete or exhaustive - they are intended as prompts to raise consciousness of child safety. If you have a concern that is not covered here, please contact the public health nurse at your local health centre.
Information changes over time - in line with emerging issues and guidance and also in response to queries from health professionals and parents/guardians and others who care for children.
When using information or resources contained here, please acknowledge the source.
Through this website you are able to link to sites outside of the HSE. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites.
Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented:
Remember the key message where child safety is concerned -
Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger
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