Thinking Citizen Blog — The “Baby Box” Plan (Part II): Preventing Emergency Room Visits

Thinking Citizen Blog — Thursday is Health, Health Care and Global Health Policy Day

Today’s Topic: The “Baby Box” Plan (Part II): Preventing Emergency Room Visits

To underscore the inseparability of health care and education policy, I will today continue with the the theme of the “Baby Box” Plan sketched last week. As I repeat with regular periodicity, continuity is key to depth of thought which is a prerequisite for the prioritization of responsible action. Part of the “baby box” plan must be a list of safety precautions. What are the most frequent causes of preventable pediatric emergency room visits? What are best ways to prevent them? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

FALLS — 8000 children are treated per day for fall-related injuries in the US

1. 1.2 million fall-related emergency room visits per year for children under the age of 5.

2. About 100 children die from fall-related injuries each year.

3. Over 60 percent of those are children younger than 5.

NB: 80% of fall related injuries happen at home.

FALL PREVENTION — constant supervision, can happen in a split second

1. “If you need to step away from your child for a short time, put him or her in a safe place, like a crib or playpen.”

2. “Do not leave your child alone on a bed or other piece of furniture (changing table, sofa/couch, counter, table, etc.). She may roll or crawl off unexpectedly (even if she has never rolled or crawled before!)”

3. “Remove toys, bumper pads, mobiles, and other objects from your child’s crib. These items are not recommended for cribs at any stage. In addition, as children grow, they could use them as steps to climb over the side.”

NB: “Always strap your child in when using a high chair, booster seat, car seat, swing, stroller, shopping cart, or anything else with safety straps!”

STAIRS — about 90,000 emergency room visits per year

1. “Use child safety gates at both the top and bottom of the stairs.”

2. “Do not let children run or play on the stairs”

3. “Keep stairs well lit and clutter free.”


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