Accidents in the home or garden are the most common reason why a child under 5 will need to go to hospital. The most common types of accidents are:
– Burns or scalds
– Choking, strangulation or suffocation
Babies and young children are developing fast and can take you by surprise with what they can do. That is why it is important to keep their home safe.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust and ROSPA both have lots of information and advice about how to prevent accidents and keep babies and children safe.
If you have a child under 2, live in a Stockport Homes property and are in receipt of some benefits you may be eligible from free, fitted home safety equipment such as stair gates and fire guards. Ask your health visitor or housing officer for a referral.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.
Book an appointment with your midwife or GP to discuss going alcohol free safely.
Alternatively contact one of these specialist services:
- If you are aged 26 or over contact Pathfinder (Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust) / Stockport Triage, Assessment & Referral Team (START) on telephone: 0161 474 3141 or by email: START@stockport.gov.uk
- If you are aged 25 or under contact MOSAIC (Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Service) on telephone: 0161 218 1100 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Drymester website for more information and support.
It is important never to co-sleep with your baby if you or your partner have been drinking alcohol, as this can be dangerous for your baby. See the Lullaby Trust website for more information on Safe Sleep.
Stockport allergy and asthma parents is a local supportive group set up by parents whose children have allergies, asthma, eczema and other atopic conditions. visit their Facebook page and Instagram page for more information and social meet ups!