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Terry L. Whipple, MD Chief of Orthopaedics-American Self, PLC [Ref: American Academy of Pediatrics]. Childhood Safety About the Home. choking, lead paint, points, pinchers, trips and falls. I. Toys. Loose Parts Imported from Mexico, So. Am, Korea, other Pacific rim

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Terry l whipple md chief of orthopaedics american self plc ref american academy of pediatrics

Terry L. Whipple, MDChief of Orthopaedics-American Self, PLC

[Ref: American Academy of Pediatrics]

Childhood Safety About the Home



  • Loose Parts

  • Imported from Mexico, So. Am, Korea, other Pacific rim

  • Lead—slow learning, sleep disorders

  • All sharps

  • Scissoring or hinged parts

  • Clutter—like old people

  • stair wells, ledges, shelf climbing




  • Walkers—nix

  • Bikes—correct size, maintenance, tires tricks, traffic rules, mirror

  • ATV’s—protective gear, training, supervision, terrain





Strangers and acquaintences
Strangers and Acquaintences phone callers, internet

  • Visitors

  • Neighbors

  • Friends’ siblings or parents

  • Even relatives


Babysitters
Babysitters phone callers, internet

  • Check in/ frequent early return home/ unpredictable timing

  • Talk with kids about how time was spent—all ages

  • Lists—home phone/ address/ police/ fire/ poison center/ doctor/ neighbor/ cell #


  • At home phone callers, internet

    • Phone—don’t answer if adult/ parent not in ear shot

    • Internet

    • Door—adult job only (15-16)

      • service people

      • even neighbors, friends’ parents

  • Away from home

    • Walk in groups

    • Familiar routes

    • Salutation OK but no conversation/ information

    • Report immediately


V home hazards

kitchens, bathrooms, pools, back yards, driveways, basements, garages, community

V. Home hazards


  • Burns/ fire basements, garages, community

  • CO-carbon monoxide (any flame or ignition)

  • Well water

  • Electromagnetic fields

    • power lines—3 x rate of depression

    • phone towers—HA, memory, dizziness, sleep problems

  • Guns

  • Asbestos

  • Lead—homes built after 1977

  • Fish (mercury)—avoid swordfish, mackerel, shark

  • Coking—grapes, popcorn, hot dogs

    • a child dies every 5 min in US from choking

    • Know CPR !


Thanks heads up
Thanks—Heads up ! basements, garages, community


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