Volume 14 Issue 6     .                                                                                              Spring 2020

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More time at home, can be a great opportunity to cook together as a family. We want to make sure you all have the information to cook safely and have a great time as a family.  In this issue there are activities for kids about kitchen safety, an interactive quiz, a video, and information for parents. We also have information about tips on how to use your car manual effectively.  Also, there is information about home safety and tips to keep your home as safe as possible. We hope this will be a fun way learn to about important safety topics together as a family. Let us know if we can be a resource to you in anyway!

Newsletter Highlights


Video for Kids

Interactive video for Kids to learn about the kitchen safety and why it is important.  

Activities for Kids about Cooking Safety

Lots of activities to about how to be safe while cooking together as a family in the kitchen

Interactive Quiz about Kitchen Safety

Test your child's knowledge about fire safety topics through an interactive online quiz. 

More Information for Parents

Information for parents about how to keep your kitchen safe 

When Sleeping in the Car Seat becomes Dangerous

Sleep is vital to a child’s development and growth. When life becomes busy, it can be challenging to find time to schedule your child’s naptime. Often, children may fall asleep in the car while being transported from one activity to another.

It can be tempting as a caregiver to just place the car seat inside your home instead of taking the child out the car seat and risking waking them up during the process. While this may seem more convenient, it can be dangerous, and you could unintentionally be putting your baby at risk.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 62% of infant deaths that happen in a sitting device occur in car seat that has been moved into the home. When your baby is seated in a car seat, their heavy head can fall forward causing difficulty breathing and even suffocation. That is why car seats outside of moving cars are not safe for naps or overnight sleep for the first year of life. The same risk comes from upright strollers and baby swings. 

Car seats remain a vital safety feature when used in the car and can reduce the child’s risk of injury during a car crash.  It is important to continue to use the car seat when your vehicle is in motion but also remember to remove your child from the seat when leaving the car.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides safety tips on how to help your child sleep safely. The tips include:

  • Placing the child on his or her back for all sleep times including naps and bedtime
  • Using a safe surface such as a mattress in a crib
  • Keep soft bedding such as blankets, pillows, toys, and additional padding out of the crib when the baby is sleeping
  • Experts recommend that your child sleeps in the same room as you but not in the same bed.

Again, we understand the importance of sleep and trying to ensure your child gets every minute of rest. But, we want to help you ensure your child is safe while sleeping. Below are some tips to help you remember to remove your sleeping child from the car seat once you arrive at home or your destination:

  • Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to remove your child from the car seat
  • Place an index card or sticky note on your steering wheel with a message to remind you to remove the child from the seat when sleeping
  • When possible schedule activities before or after your child’s naptime, to help reduce the chances on the child falling asleep in the car
  • Remind other caregivers of the importance of not allowing the child to sleep in the car seat outside of the vehicle

Sources and More information

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/138/5/e20162938

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/safesleep/index.html

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/144/1/e20182576

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-05-20/putting-your-child-to-sleep-in-a-car-seat-can-be-deadly

https://www.consumerreports.org/infant-car-seats/dos-and-donts-of-infant-car-seat-use/

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Being vigilant for at-home injuries during COVID-19

Schools are out and children are spending their time at home with varied routines and under less supervision. Parents are trying hard to maintain a balance working from home, managing their new normal and homeschooling their kids. This is an unfortunate recipe for at-home injuries rising.

“As kids get bored they start getting into things they shouldn’t be getting into because they have nothing else to do says Purnima Unni, MPH Injury Prevention Manager. “Their curiosity gets the better of them as they start exploring the house and this in turn will get them into trouble.

To protect kids from injury, there are some key home safety tips parents should be aware of:

Lock up your medication and cleaners-Many items around the house can be poisonous or harmful .This include cleaning supplies, medicine, laundry detergents, toiletries, alcohol, and more.

Due to COVID-19, there is a major focus on household cleaners. Cleaning and sanitizing your home can help you prevent COVID-19, but cleaning products can be poisonous. Some of them might have bright colors or smell like orange or lemon, which can cause small children to confuse them with drinks.

Medication is another worry because kids can search through purses or bags or find medication bottles on lower shelves.

  • Don’t leave them out: As soon as you’re done using a cleaning product or medicine, put it away.
  • Put them up high and out of sight: Place hazardous materials on a high shelf so small children can’t reach them. If you keep medication in a purse or bag, hang the bag on a hook to keep it out of reach.
  • Lock them away: If you do put medications in a closet, use a lock to keep children from getting to them.
  • Know the right numbers: Unni recommends storing the number for Poison Control (1-800-222-1222) in your phone and posting it somewhere in the house.

Cook safely

Parents may be cooking while simultaneously watching kids, or trying to get work done. Older kids might be taking on new responsibilities during the day, including helping with meal prep. Remember these tips and maximizing safety.

  • Baby-free zone: Teach little ones to stay at least three feet from the oven/stove. If they’re too young to understand, place them in a high chair or find another safe way to secure them where you can still see them while you cook. Remember not to carry or hold a child while cooking.
  • · Use the back burner: Keep kids them from pulling hot food or liquids onto them by using the back burners when cooking and turning pot handles away from the edges of counters.
  • Use caution with the microwave: A common cause of burns that bring kids into our ER are scalds that occur when taking hot food out of the microwave. Adults should help with this step, especially when microwaves are overhead. Remind kids to slowly open containers that have been in the microwave, as steam can burn fingers and faces.

Lock your firearms: If you have a gun in your home, securing it from children and teenagers can prevent death by unintentional shooting or suicide.

  • Keep guns unloaded when in the house
  • Lock guns away
  • Lock ammunition away in a different location
  • Make sure kids don’t know where the keys to gun or ammunition cabinets are located

Secure Heavy furniture an prevent falls: Heavy or tall items can potentially tip over onto children who climb onto them or pull on them, causing serious injury or death. This includes appliances, furniture, or televisions that aren’t mounted to the wall. To prevent a tip-over:

  • Anchor heavy or tall objects like bookshelves and televisions to the wall
  • Don’t put toys, videos, books, and other items up high. Children might be tempted to climb onto a tall object if they see an item that they want resulting in a tip over.
  • Strap the in. When placing babies/toddlers in highchairs, strollers or swings, be sure to secure them with the straps. Install approved safety gates at the top AND bottom of stair cases. Follow the installation instructions

Remember none of this is easy! Give yourself grace during these hard times. We are all just doing our best.

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30 Recipes Your Kids Can Make

Easy recipes for your child to learn how to cook while having fun in the kitchen! 

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Meet the Injury Prevention Team


Purnima Unni

is the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Manager for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She has a Masters in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education specialist with over 20 years of experience in injury prevention. She is a wife and mother of two girls and her rescue puppy. She loves to cook, travel and watch murder mysteries.

Eppiphanie Richardson

is an Atlanta native who decided to take on Nashville as her newest adventure. She is also the Associate Program Manager for the Be in the Zone-Turn Off Your Phone Campaign which educates teens and parents on the dangers of distracted driving. She has a passion for healthcare and serving others. She feels privileged to be able to serve Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Nashville, dancing, running, and spending time with her husband and son.

Mimi Sanders

is a Nashville native and received her Masters from Vanderbilt University. She is the Associate Program Manager for the Kohls Seat Smart Program, which focuses on educating caregivers, children, and community partners on the importance of car seat safety. She is so excited to join the team at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with her local church’s special needs ministry, hanging out with family and friends, and doing yoga.

Savannah Larkin

is from Atlanta and currently a junior at Vanderbilt University, double majoring in Human & Organizational Development; Medicine, Health, & Society. She is an intern focusing her research on Pediatric Drowning Prevention Best Practices and continuing work on current programs. In Savannah’s spare time, you can find her cooking, doing puzzles, playing Candy Crush, swimming, playing tennis, attending Vanderbilt sporting events, and watching football. Anchor Down & Titan Up!

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