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Child Health Chat, Issue #009 -- Prevention of Childhood Injuries
January 18, 2013

Striving For A Happy Childhood


Wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year!
Wished to be with you’ll early this month, but transition from 2012 to 2013 was full of mixed feelings: On one hand massacre of school children in US and rape in India;and on the other side the pleasure of the end of the prophecy, “the world comes to an end”.

We all have survived the end of 2012: Let’s embark on 2013 with new hopes and resolutions to make the world safer for children.

There are a lot of articles stating what should be done on national level.I would like to tackle this rising problem from a different angle: Child Psychology and how, we the parents can make our children’s environment safe for them.

Article of the month is here:
Prevention of Childhood Injuries.
Child psychology is surprisingly complex: Many facets of it under the environmental influence expose children to injuries and detract them towards risky behavior.

Hope is there.
Let's prevent injuries to children.

Relax and read to enjoy the contents!

Table of Contents


Prevention of Childhood Injuries

Psychology of Lying: Why Do Children Tell Lies?

Child Health News

Depression during Pregnancy

Parents Psychosocial Well Being Key to Child Health

Pearls From The Forums

Effects of Fathers Mental Health

Teens Therapeutic Activity: Blogging

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Prevention of Childhood Injuries

Do we perceive childhood injuries as a serious child health issue?

Children encounter variety of injuries through entire phase of their growth. Most of childhood injuries, though disturbing, are accepted by most of us as a part of children’s development. But injuries in children can often take a dangerous turn.

Worldwide statistics (WHO) show that around a million children succumb to accidental injuries. For each child who sustains fatal injury there are hundreds of children who have been victims of accidental injuries, but have fortunately escaped the fatal outcome.

Nevertheless, many injuries do leave behind irreparable disabilities and unforgettable psychological bruises. Prevention of injuries to children is the only answer to the problem!

Developing safety consciousness in children though important has its limitations. We should not expect children to follow the told injury prevention strategies as adults are expected to. Children's natural inquisitiveness and impulsiveness is attributable to their Psychosocial development.

There are several proven interventions to prevent injuries in children: Child car seats, cycling helmets, child-proof bottle caps, child-resistant packaging for medications, fencing around swimming pools, hot water tap temperature regulation and window guards, are a few to name. Let us see what all we can do.

Child injuries prevention tips

1. Children need supervision:
It has been observed that 90 percent of childhood injuries occur near home when for one or other reason the supervision wavers.

2.Risk identification:
Identification of possible risks of injuries in child’s environment and overcoming them.

3. Expert medical care:
Prompt and effective professional help for the injured helps minimizing long term disabilities.

4. Minimize impulsive risk taking attitude in children:
Good parenting practices with virtue of good parent-child bonding optimally supports children's emotions. It also gives children enough room for emotional outlet.

Whereas, coercive and punitive parenting reinforce rebellious instinct in children, who thereby indulge in high risk activities that increase their chances of accidental injuries.

5. Trust your child:
Trust is much more binding than rules can ever be!
Rules are meant to be broken.

6. Keep weapons and explosives away from children’s reach:
Children love to explore and try out new things, and they are impulsive too.

If they visit a friend’s house, do feel free to ask the parents about dangerous weapons in the house. Create the awareness in your circle about this: Download Free Ask Community Guide.

7. Trampoline for home s is strongly discouraged:
Trampoline injuries can be disastrous.

8. Make playground, swimming pools and beach outings safe for kids.

9. Avoid choking hazards.

10. Follow fireworks safety tips.

11. Keep ignitable items away from reach of children.

12. Use of electrical equipment and kitchen appliances:
Allow use of Microwave oven, Hotplates and Gas stoves only after child is well educated on safety principles, and is at least 45 cm. in height above the level of the above mentioned equipment.

13. Exploring for hidden treasures:
Children love to explore for imaginary hidden treasures. They go up the steps, make a pyramid to reach unreachable heights and exploring closets. Such activities can not only result in bad falls but also in insect bites. Intentional jumps from top of tables can also prove to be dangerous.

14. Keep cleansing agents, medications and poisonous/ intoxicating substances away from reach of children.

15. Media effect:
A lot of media entertainment available for children involves violence. Successful hits in violent actions are decisive thrill giving component of video games, cartoon series and many TV programs for children.

Action heroes create an effective and lasting impression on children. Their imaginary violent encounters on screen detract children towards violence.

Though usually ignored as child’s play, these effects are commonly noticed when children act out what they see on the screen. If observed closely, the actions of children reveal to us their comprehension of the screen show.

Children learn from their environment. Therefore, if not guided optimally,
violence on screen can leave a lasting effect on children’s psychology, and thereby how they perceive the world around them, their attitude towards aggressive activities, their social expectations and behavior.

I can continue writing.
List is vast and precautions to be taken endless.
It truly overwhelms the parents.
But don’t be! All factors do not apply to each and every child.

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Psychology of Lying: Why Do Children Tell Lies?

Restrictions and constantly rising demands laid on children make them feel that they can Never meet adult expectations; and so they lie.

Lying is a cognitive skill, a tool we all use to secure social self-esteem and status. Children learn to lie from us through infancy, toodlerhood and preschool years of psycho social development. They begin to practice the learnt art of lying only at about age 7.
Read on: How we corrupt children and then punish them for it!

News on Child Health

Depression during Pregnancy
Depression in expectant mother hampers the baby's optimal development. It is therefore important to treat it.

However, there has been serious concern for the side effects of the medications prescribed to the mother on the baby in the womb. New study here reassures safety of SSRIs administered during pregnancy.

Nevertheless, treating depression during pregnancy is a medical challenge for the treating doctor.
Must read article to know the full implication.

Parents Psycho Social Well Being Key to Child Health
Economic crisis that the world is going through could leave long lasting detrimental impact on children's personality development.

Some of teenage behavior disorders seen today could be attributable to the economic crisis their families faced during their infancy and early childhood, which could probably have been prevented!

But how?.
Read on: Awareness can instrument Prevention.

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Pearls From The Forums

Effects of Fathers Mental Health
Children whose fathers suffer anxiety before and after their birth, experience emotional upheaval and present with disturbed social behavior during their infancy and preschool years.

Fear, excessive crying, infantile colic, temper tantrums, feeding difficulties, separation anxiety and childhood depression are more frequently seen in children whose fathers experience despair during their intrauterine life.

But how can father's emotional distress affect a baby in the womb???
Isn't it interesting? Read to know!

Teens Therapeutic Activity: Blogging
To prevent mental clogging an outlet for feelings, emotions and thoughts is essential: Troubled teenagers' need for it is vital. Blogging could be the answer.

Writing brings forth creativity through logical thought process. It puts situations into perspective, which improves understanding and keeps teenage depression at bay.

What a contrast from Social networking, which endangers teenagers to media effects like Sexting, Facebook Depression and more.

In present times No cost is involved in maintaining a personal Blog. Google and WordPress offer it for Free. Children above 13 can also post their articles on this very site, at dozen of Free Portals to Post (see the right column): Childhood creativity, Teenage Pranks/Trobules, Parenting expectations, Developmental milestones, Recipes etc.

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