What to do: Fire Escape Plan

Our article on smoke alarms and fire safety offers useful advice on fire prevention and fire detection in the home – but do your children know just what to do if there is a fire? Every year there are more than 40,000 accidental house fires in England resulting in about …

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What to do: Emergency and Advice Numbers

When you need advice on a specific area such as meningitis, asthma, cot death, eating disorders or perhaps allergies, there is a large number of resources, many with websites, available to help you. We have put together this page containing many of our favourites, as is the case with our …

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First Aid: Fractures

It is often difficult to tell if a bone is fractured, but classic signs may be pain, swelling, abnormality or deformity. The general rule is if you think it’s a fracture, treat it as a fracture. Make sure the person is comfortable, and ensure they remain as still as possible. …

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What to do: Choking Facts and Prevention

Children are naturally inquisitive and get to know the world by using their senses – including touch and taste. It may be part of the learning process to put things in their mouths but the risk of choking is high in young children and babies whose airwaves are narrower and …

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Your Child’s Personal Safety

It’s easy to overreact when you think of that dangerous world out there, but all children need to learn to become confident and independent young people. Maintaining good relationships, based on trust, will help you to give your children the freedom they need, but you have to agree some basic …

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First Aid: DRABC Initial Assessment

If you happen to come across a casualty, you will need to assess the situation before anything else. It can be useful to remember DRABC, which stands for Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing and Circulation. Danger First and foremost, ensure that you or the casualty aren’t in any danger. First of …

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The Internet and Children: The Warning Signs

The risks that being online might pose to children have been covered in our previous articles, but what if they’re already at risk? How can you tell if your child has become involved, intentionally or unintentionally, in something sinister on the internet? Maybe they feel it’s their fault, or they’re …

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What to do: Emergency Planning with Children

Many parents will have briefed their children on how and when to dial 999 by the age of 4 or 5, but there are further steps we can take to keep the family safe and calm in a crisis. From essentials like what to do in the case of fire, …

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Safety Gate Standards

Safety gates are standard equipment for any parent wanting to keep a toddler safe. Yet how can we be sure that the safety gates we buy really are safe? Most safety gates and ‘safety barriers used in the home that limit access to the stairs of children under 24 months …

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First Aid: Choking

A foreign object that is stuck at the back of the throat may block the throat or cause muscular spasm. Young children especially are prone to choking. A child may choke on food, or may put small objects into their mouth and cause a blockage of the airway. If the …

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