Injury prevention: 5 to 10 years old
- Children need to wear a helmet whenever they ride a bike, skateboard, scooter or skates. They should never ride in the street. Teach children the rules of the road.
- This is a good time to teach your child how to swim. There are many good programs at public pools. Don't let your child swim in canals or fast-moving water. Teach them not to dive into shallow water headfirst.
- When a child is over 80 pounds and is approximately 4'9", he/she can fit correctly in lap/shoulder belts. If your child is sitting in the front seat, move the seat as far back from the dashboard as possible.
- Teach your child not to play with matches or lighters.
- Check fire detectors each month; use your child's day of birth to remember when to change the batteries.
- Sports: make sure your child wears all the protective gear. Never encourage you child to "work through the pain." Being active decreases the risk of Diabetes and increases self-esteem.
- Guns: keep all firearms and ammunition locked up.
- Be sun safe. Apply sunscreen with at least a SPF 15 to your child while in the sun and be sure to reapply frequently. Have your child wear hats, clothing, and sunglasses. Avoid the sun, when possible, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and drink plenty of water