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Injury Prevention

Healthy Child Care Colorado promotes child safety and injury prevention strategies by creating and delivering innovative professional development experiences that raise awareness, build skills, and support the integration of best practices and policies.

Early childhood professionals play a critical role in keeping children safe and we can all agree that childhood injury prevention is key. Preventing injuries means implementing a broad range of interventions and safety practices. Early childhood programs must consider safety in terms of infant sleep, indoor and outdoor play, indoor and outdoor environments and equipment, transportation, child abuse and neglect prevention and reporting, emergency preparedness, and more.

Safe Sleep for Infants
Sadly, between 2009 and 2013, 263 children in Colorado died due to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. Younger infants, those between one and four months old, are the most vulnerable. These deaths are preventable. Safe sleep practices are important for families to understand, but child care professionals also have an important role to play in keeping children safe and educating families.

The Colorado Department of Human Services requires all professionals working in licensed early childhood education settings who care for infants to be trained in safe sleep practices annually. The following rules are based on research and best practices from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Safe Sleep Tips
The only things that should be present in a crib are a firm mattress, a fitted sheet, and a sleeping baby. Bumpers, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, bibs, and clip-on pacifiers are unsafe for sleep and are not allowed in a crib.

Infants need tummy time to strengthen their neck muscles. Always supervise infants during tummy time.

If an infant falls asleep anywhere except in a crib, they must immediately be placed on their back in a crib.

Instead of sleeping under blankets, infants should sleep in sleep sacks that do not confine their arms. Swaddling and alternative sleep positions are only allowed if a child’s physician signs an alternative health plan.

Keep rooms at a temperature comfortable for a lightly clothed adult. Check infants to ensure they are not overheated or sweaty.

 

Childhood Injury Prevention Facts

Create a Safe Sleep Policy

Early childhood education programs must have policies for safe sleep environments for infants and a policy on the protection of infants from second hand smoke.

Child Health Liaison Training

A Child Health Liaison is a health and safety advocate in a center-based program or family child care home. In a center, the the liaison partners with the Child Care Health Consultant to provide support to staff, families, and children around a variety of health and safety topics. These topics may include information on communicable disease, immunizations, playground safety, nutrition, and the care of children with special health care needs.

A free Child Health Liaison course is available online at the Training Finder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN) and is a good training resource for early childhood education providers interested in improving health and safety in their programs. To learn more about the Child Health Liaison Online Training, please review the frequently asked questions.

Create a TRAIN account or download a Child Health Liaison registration packet.

Resources

Health and safety in early childhood education settings is very important. Here you will find information and links to other websites that offer information about a variety of health and safety topics. The information and links below represent best practice, research-based information and can be used by a variety of early childhood education programs and by families.

Safe Sleep Brochures for Families

In partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Safe Sleep Collation, Healthy Child Care Colorado helped develop brochures in English and Spanish.

CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center)

The Injury Center is the only U.S. federal agency that deals exclusively with injury and violence prevention in non-occupational settings. It leads a coordinated public health approach to tackling this critical health and safety issue.

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Children’s Safety Network National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention

Is dedicated to working with state, territorial and community Maternal & Child Health and Injury & Violence prevention programs to create an environment where all children and youth are safe and healthy.

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HealthyChildren

Healthy Children Is the only parenting website backed by 60,000 pediatricians of the American Academy of Pediatrics, committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Check out the safety check lists and explore other areas of this site as well for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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