Safety at home: a guide to preventing baby and child injuries

You know that the statistics for child injuries are alarming. About 8.7 million children are treated in emergency rooms for unintentional injuries, every year. 9,000 of those kids die—from injuries that are largely preventable. As a parent, you want to protect your children from unnecessary harm at home. But for so many, child-proofing a house… Learn More »

Prevent Childhood Injury

Harmony Miller, MPH Each year, an estimated 8.7 million children are treated in emergency rooms for unintentional injuries. 225,000 of them are hospitalized. Every day, about 2 dozen children die from their injuries. That is 9,000 preventable child deaths, every year. Unintentional injuries include those caused by suffocation, drowning, falls, motor vehicle collisions, and concussion… Learn More »

Trouble in Toyland: the 2013 report

Every day, about 500 children are treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries, anything from choking on a balloon or swallowing magnets to a scooter accident. The annual report on dangerous toys, Trouble in Toyland 2013, identifies choking hazards, toxic chemicals, and excessively loud toys as the main causes of toy-related child injury. KATU Consumer Report… Learn More »

Back-to-school safety

Four quick safety reminders for parents of children heading back to school in the next week: If you haven’t talked to your kids about bullies all summer, it’s time for a refresher. Bullying is a threat to a child’s physical and emotional health and safety.  Help your child learn to identify, prevent and stop bullying… Learn More »

Keep kids safe on the playground

Most school-related injuries for children ages 5 to 14 happen on the playground. As schools across the country close for the summer, kids have more time to play – and more time to get injured. Safe Kids Oregon has tips for parents and caregivers to help children stay safe on the playground. Avoid playgrounds with asphalt,… Learn More »

Thousands of Children Burned by Batteries

There is an alarming rise in the number of children ingesting lithium batteries: injuries and deaths from the “button” batteries affected more than 3,400 children last year. The batteries, which are increasingly common and used in remote controls, thermometers, calculators, musical greeting cards, scales, toothbrushes and toys, cause internal burns in the esophagus and throat.… Learn More »

5 Tips for Backpack Safety

If you have a school-age child, chances are good that you have heard them complain about the weight of their textbooks. While this may seem like mere inconvenience, backpacks filled with heavy textbooks could have long-term effects on your child’s shoulders, neck and back. 5 ways to lighten the load on your kids: •    Pick… Learn More »