Keeping our children safe

We all want our children to have the best in life. We want them to be healthy, happy and enjoy exploring and learning new things, but this often comes with risks.

Risks are okay as long as we are aware of them and are able to understand how to protect our children whilst encouraging them to grow and develop. 

Child Accident Prevention Trust

There are many ways we can keep our children safe. The Child Accident Prevention Trust provides a wide range of advice, guidance and practical solutions to the main causes of accident and injury such as burns and scalds, choking, drowning, falls, fire safety to name just a few. To make sure you are prepared and can help your young ones get the most out of life please visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust website, read their fact sheets and take control of your environment so that you know you’re doing your best. 

ICON cope with newborn crying

Having a new baby at the best of times can be stressful and when they won’t stop crying it can be difficult to know what to do. That’s why we want everyone to know about ICON and feel confident to take and share these simple steps. Taking these simple steps if you find it’s all getting too much can reduce the possibility of causing unnecessary head trauma, potentially leading to lifelong disability. If you are a new parent or know anyone who might benefit from this information or can do anything to raise awareness of this important message, please do so. For more information about ICON and further resources please visit their website here. 

Infant crying is normal and it will stop
Comforting can sometimes soothe the baby – is the baby hungry, tired or in need of a nappy change?
It’s Okay to walk away if you have checked the baby is safe and the crying is getting to you. After a few minutes when you are feeling calm, go back and check on the baby. 
Never shake or harm a baby; it can cause lasting damage or death.

Raising awareness of testicular torsion

Testicular torsion is a medical emergency. It happens when the spermatic cord, which provides blood flow to the testicle, rotates and becomes twisted. This cuts off the testicle’s blood supply and causes sudden pain and swelling. Testicular torsion usually requires immediate surgery to save the testicle. For most boys, talking seriously about their private parts can be a little embarrassing. But if you have a son, it’s important that he knows to tell you or a health care provider if he ever has genital pain, especially in his scrotum or testes. For more information on testicular torsion visit the Kids Health website, which provides detailed doctor reviewed information about a wide range of conditions for parents and young people. 

UPDATED: 07/12/2021