Most of us would live in the belief that home and hearth are the safest places in the world: WRONG.
Look at these facts from Kidsafe SA:
- In 2005–2006, 22,865 children 0–4 years of age were
admitted to hospital for injury across Australia.
- More children die from injury in Australia (36%), than
from cancer (19%) and diseases of the nervous system
combined (11%) (ABS 2006
- Children 0–4 years of age are most vulnerable to being
injured in the home and backyard. More than half of
unintentional deaths and injuries in this age group occur
in the home and backyard, with 55% of these inside
the home and 45% in the backyard (Shannon, Brashaw,
Lewis & Feldman 1992).
The good news is that they are healthy and well with no residual injuries: but it does highlight the fact that rearing toddlers is a full time job for the fit and the active; and that it only takes a split second of inattention and things can go terribly "pear-shaped".
Not only must parents constantly check their homes for potential danger zones and hazardous chemicals: grandparents too must work on reducing risks for their precious grandchildren, even if they only call for afternoon tea, so that they can enjoy the delights that these little people do bring into our lives.