Each year 40,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital following accidents, and lots of these accidents are preventable.
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Before your child starts crawling:
When your child starts crawling:
When your child starts to walk, they are likely to be unsteady on their feet:
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Food is the most common thing for babies and toddlers to choke on.
Keep small objects, such as buttons, coins and small toy parts, out of your baby's reach.
What to do if your child is choking:
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If you think your child has swallowed pills or medicines:
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Babies can drown in as little as 5cm (two inches) of water. Drowning is one of the commonest causes of child death – it’s often silent, so you won’t necessarily hear any noise or struggle.
If your child has a burn:
You should take your child to the nearest A&E department if they have:-
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Button batteries are the small, round batteries you find in a growing number of toys and everyday objects like remote controls and car key fobs. They can be extremely dangerous for children if swallowed.
There are lots of different sizes and types of button batteries. Lithium button batteries are most dangerous as they are larger and more powerful. If they get stuck in a child’s throat, they can cause serious internal burns or even death within hours of being swallowed.
Why are button batteries dangerous?
Most button batteries pass through the body without a problem. But if a button battery, particularly a lithium button battery, gets stuck in the throat or gullet, energy from the battery can react with saliva to make the body create caustic soda. This is the same chemical used to unblock drains!
This can burn a hole through the throat and can lead to serious internal bleeding and death. The reaction can happen in as little as two hours.