Importance of Brain Injury Prevention

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Sometimes you don’t always get a second chance. Be sure your child’s head is protected

Brain injury is a common problem with young children, but a problem that can be avoided with a few preventative measures from parents. Brain injuries can be caused by trampoline accidents when children land on their head or neck, sports injuries are another common area that can result in brain injury and brain injuries among the skateboarding community are also very common.

Many of these injuries can be prevented if parents to make sure their child wears a helmet anytime they are riding their bicycle, a skateboard or scooter and when skiing – water or snow. Avoiding pediatric brain injury can be done by making sure your baby or toddler is in the right car seat, booster seat or other appropriate child restraints for your child’s age, height and weight.

Getting your child or teenager to wear a helmet when it just isn’t -cool- can be a real challenge. One way to make it work is to show them the professional athletes who are wearing helmets doing the same activities your child loves to do: cycling, skateboarding and even skiing.

Even the smallest accident that involves a head injury can cause irreparable brain damage. Be sure to follow the same safety measures on a daily basis – no bicycling or skateboarding without a helmet and never go on a car ride without buckling up. Place infant seats, booster seats and other small child restraints in the back seat where they are safe from the air bags should they be deployed. Finally, lead by example. If you are on a family bike ride, be sure to wear your helmet and ever ride in the car without your seatbelts’ properly buckled.

Uncommon Poisons in the Home

Pretty, but poisonous!

Be chemically cautious in your home. Even certain plants can be lethal.

We’re well aware of the most common types of poisons that may be lurking in the cupboards in our homes:

 Cleaning products
 Pesticides
 Automotive products like windshield washer fluid and antifreeze
 Insect repellants
 Animal products like flea and tick killers
 Swimming pool chemicals
 Mold and mildew killing products
 Health and Beauty products like shampoos, conditioners and cosmetics
 Weed killers and other lawn care products

What we tend to overlook sometimes are the most uncommon poisons that can be a danger to our children. Among these uncommon poisons are plants we have in and around our home.

We make our home pretty and some of the common house plants that don’t cause a problem are African Violets, Begonias, Forsythia, Petunia and Poinsettias at Christmas time.

However, there are several pretty plants that can be deadly:

 Azaleas
 Daffodils
 Lily-of-the-Valley
 Mistletoe
 Morning Glory
 Oleander

Also among these poisonous plants are any of the wild mushrooms you may see growing around your yard are also deadly.

Preventing poisoning in your home is simple enough by keeping these harmful products kept under lock and key and plants up and out of reach of little fingers. Here are a few tips:

 Store chemicals and pesticides in locked cabinets away from children and even your pets
 Use the safest products you can – sometimes green products are a safer route
 Be sure the lids on all products are replaced and tightened after every use
 If you are using rodent killer, use packaging that is tamper resistant and child-proof
 Do not transfer chemicals or cleaners out of their original containers

No matter if there is an interaction with poisonous household products or the plants we have to make our home pretty, a phone call to your local Poison Control Center is critical.

In New Mexico call 1-800-222-1222 or 505-272-2222