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Child Safety Week

“Safety made simple” – Simple changes for parents and carers to stop the scariest accidents.

This free ‘Our parent pack’ on the Child Accident and Prevention Trust website offers simple changes that families can fit into busy routines.

You will find some great information about:

  • Safe from Burns – A small child’s skin burns easily as it’s so thin.
  • Safety around dogs – including introducing your dog to your new baby.
  • Prevent poisoning – Bright bottles of cleaning liquid, squidgy washing tablets, shiny packets of painkillers. Small children are curious and want to learn more by putting things in their mouth.
  • Breathe easy – Such a scary thought that something could stop your child breathing. The steps to stop that happening are simple and make sense.
  • Free from falls – Scrapes and bruises are a part of growing up. But even a fall from a highchair can cause a bad head injury. That’s because babies’ heads are twice as big as ours, which makes them top-heavy. And when they land, their head takes much of the impact. It doesn’t make sense trying to stop all falls. But there are some serious ones you can easily stop once you know how and why.
  • Safe around roads – It can be hard knowing how best to teach your child to stay safe. Here we help you to break it down and keep it simple.
  • Watch out in water – Drowning happens silently. A drowning child can’t speak or control their arms. They slip quietly under the water. It’s only in the movies they splash about and cry for help. It’s a scary thought. But once you understand how and where drowning happens, there are things you can do to prevent it.
  • Keep button batteries away from your child – If your child swallows a button battery, it can get stuck in their food pipe. It can burn through to the main artery and badly harm or even kill them. This can happen very quickly.
  • Fire safe families – You and your family are eight times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm.

Please visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust website for even more resources.

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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-5 years called ParentLine. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm in Brighton & Hove and Monday to Friday between 9am to 4.30pm in West Sussex, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a health visitor within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 22-05-2023

This page will be next reviewed on 22-05-2026