Coronovirus 2020, Healthy Living, Parenting

Keeping Your Kids Healthy and Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic: It Takes More than Masks

Keeping Your Kids Healthy and Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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Quick poll: how many face masks does your family have in rotation right now? If you’re anything like most folks, everyone in the house probably has at least one or two. Maybe you are sewing together as a family craft or supporting local crafters. Regardless, it’s almost certain that the number of masks you own today is way more – maybe even 100% more! — than you did a month or two ago.

Unfortunately, keeping your kids safe during the coronavirus pandemic takes more than cute fabric and elastic ties. Have you let your guard down while you are focusing on coronavirus-specific dangers, not to mention just keeping body and soul together while working from home, homeschooling, and doing household chores? Read on to learn about a few areas where kids are more vulnerable than ever before.

Kitchen Accidents

Families are baking and cooking a lot more these days. Not only are these wholesome, screen-free activities that can keep the kids busy, there are tons of educational opportunities that come with measuring, mixing, and applying heat. And of course everyone loves to snack on homemade treats!

However, the more chances your kids have to use the oven or stove, or practice their knife skills, the higher the odds of kitchen accidents. Teach your kids knife safety. Make sure they aren’t standing on a rickety chair to reach the high cupboards. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Most importantly of all, supervise your kids while they cook and bake until you know they can be trusted to follow rules and stay safe.

Skateboarding and Biking Accidents

It’s tough to juggle everything that needs to get done in a day, and many parents are struggling to encourage their kids to get daily exercise. But now that they’re not in gym class anymore, or running around outside with their friends, it’s crucial that they get some physical activity. Why not take advantage of the relatively quiet streets for some skateboarding and biking?

Not so fast, say the San Jose personal injury lawyers at The Barnes Firm. Just because there aren’t nearly as many cars and buses running as usual doesn’t mean you and your kids have carte blanche to treat streets as your personal playground. Don’t go careening down the middle of the street just because it seems dead – you never know when a fast car may come out of nowhere.

Take precautions to prevent accidents by instructing kids to skate or bike safely. Use dedicated trails for these outings, or stick to the side of the road as you usually would.

Backyard Accidents

Now that the weather is starting to warm up in many parts of the country, the kids are probably just as eager to go play in the backyard as you are to have them out of the house for a while! Just don’t neglect their safety in the interest of getting a little peace and quiet. There are many types of accidents and injuries that can befall children in their own backyard that you must guard against.

Pool injuries are one type of tragic, potentially fatal accident that can occur. Another is trampoline injuries.

Read up on safety tips for pool and trampoline use, and sit the family down to go over some ground rules. Be firm about following such rules, too, and be honest about whether or not your kids are old enough to responsibly obey them. If necessary, go outside with them to oversee their play. Heck, you could probably use a little play time to let off steam yourself!

Follow these tips, as well as your own common sense, to make sure your family not only survives during this pandemic period, but actually thrives.

Healthy Living, Parenting, Tips and Tricks

10 Family Safety Tips You Must Know

10 Family Safety Tips You Must Know
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As a parent, one of the things that can keep you preoccupied is how to keep your family safe. This makes sense as one look in the news can highlight many of the dangers that surround us today.

This includes health risks, accidents, and even issues with drinking water in some cities. While you might not be able to eliminate these risks there are several steps that you can take to reduce your potential exposure and here are 10 family safety tips you must know.

  1. Wear a Seatbelt

Unfortunately, automobile accidents remain the leading cause of death for people under 33 years of age. Many of these people died because they did not take precautions when getting behind the wheel. 

Motorcycle accident lawyer Lampert & Walsh notes “while riding a motorcycle is still more dangerous than riding in a car, taking precautions is necessary.” As such, if you are in a car, wear a seatbelt.

  1. Use Child Safety Seats

Yes, they can be expensive and yes, some can be cumbersome. But ask yourself if five-minutes of fussing around a child safety seat is worth it when trying to protect your most precious cargo. 

Some studies indicate that the proper use of a safety seat can reduce the risk of fatal injury for children under one by close to 70 percent. However, the key is the make sure the seat is properly installed as many parents get this wrong. 

By the way, one best practice, especially if you only have one child who needs the safety seat is to put it in the middle of the back seat. Doing so will keep your child from getting crushed by the front seat.

  1. Don’t Drink and Drive

If you are going to drink, then don’t drive. Given the preponderance of ride-sharing apps, there are no excuses, so leave the keys at home as nearly 40 percent of all car accidents are alcohol-related. Your life and the life of your loved ones are at stake, so don’t risk it.

  1. Wear a Helmet

Your kids might hate them, but helmets can play an important role in keeping them safe be it when riding a bike or playing sports. A helmet can reduce the risk of brain injury by close to 80 percent. As such, you should want to set an example for your kids by wearing a helmet yourself and by making sure everyone in your family has a helmet that fits properly. 

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  1. Watch Your Step

Unfortunately, slips and falls at home can be quite common. We probably all have a story about how a family member fell at home and possibly even needed to go to the emergency room because of it. It’s not just the elderly who are prone to falling and not getting up as children are just as likely to fall and get hurt around the house.  

Many trips and falls can happen in lowlight situations, so make sure you install light switches or night lights to help you find your way in the dark. Lastly, make sure the walkways around your home are in good condition as uneven pavers or sections of concrete can be dangerous.

  1. Childproof Windows

It doesn’t matter if it is the first floor or second-floor window, you want to make sure there are stops in place to keep your children from opening a window more than just a few inches. Also, if you have sliding glass doors then you might want to place decals at eye level as this will help you or your loved ones from walking into, and possibly through the glass.

  1. Properly Store Medicines and Chemicals

Sadly, poisoning remains a leading cause of death in the home. This is largely due to the improper handling of medicines and other chemicals. Keep any medicines and chemicals under lock and keep and it might be a good idea to have instructions for what to do in case of an accident on the refrigerator and the local poison control center on speed dial.

  1. Keep an Eye on the Swimming Pool

Some studies indicate that having a swimming pool may be more dangerous than having a gun in the house. While this doesn’t negate the need for safety at all times it highlights the need to keep an eye on the swimming pool when you are home and to have it fenced in to keep would-be swimmers out when you are not.

  1. Watch Out for Choking Hazards

If you have young children, then you know that your home is full of choking hazards. This can include everything from foods, jewelry, tacks, extension cords, blankets, and pillowcases. Protect your home and keep these items out of reach. Only let your children play with age-appropriate toys.

  1. Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers save lives. Make sure you have them in your home and they are in working order. This means changing smoke detector batteries regularly and getting fire extinguishers checked at least once a year.

Children's Books, Coronovirus 2020, Kids, Parenting

Anna and the Germ – Children’s Book About the Coronavirus Pandemic

Anna and the Germ - Children's Book About the Coronavirus Pandemic
Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit Book Cover

If there was ever a book to tell kids the changes and emotions around this virus, Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit is it. We are all dealing with the confusion, fear, sadness, boredom, and loneliness right now, especially our kids. This book talks about those emotions and how to talk to and help our kids through this at that point where boredom and sadness hit.

Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit is written by Mother and Daughter, Christianne Klein and Helene Van Sant-Klein. They have come together as Emmy-winning Journalist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (to name a few of their titles) to tackle this heavy topic for you and your children with this book about the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Make sure you take advantage of the free resources to help children through the crisis are available in a kid-friendly format on the website, TheGermBook.com – including coloring pages to allow children to draw out their feelings, and a song inspired by the book (you can even wash your hands to the shortened 20 second version)! 

Buy the book on Amazon!