The tragic school bus accident in Texas this week is a stark reminder to parents and students in San Diego that it is critically important to know how to stay safe when riding a school bus.
When you become a parent, a whole new world of worry opens up that you had likely never imagined before. Unfortunately, there are many things you can't control that could affect your child's safety. Consequently, when there is a way you can take action to protect your children, it will likely help put you at ease.
It is not terribly difficult to understand why children are more likely to be injured in pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on most other nights of the year. On Halloween, kids are dressed in costumes that may impede their vision and ability to walk normally. Kids are excited to be out and have most likely consumed a significant amount of sugar. There are a lot more people walking along the road than on a normal night. And, perhaps most significantly, many people are driving under the influence of alcohol as they travel between Halloween celebrations.
Last month, nine children and two adults were injured when a 100-year-old man backed his car onto a sidewalk outside of a California elementary school. Although no one suffered life-threatening injuries in the car accident, it has caused a reignition of the ongoing national debate on elderly drivers. Now, some traffic safety advocates are questioning whether older Americans should undergo additional driver's testing and closer monitoring in order to keep their driver's license past retirement age.
As San Diego well know, it is nearly impossible to protect your child from every potential danger or harm during every minute of every day. As such, it is important to teach your children to protect themselves when they find themselves in harmful situations, or better yet, to remain out of those situations entirely.
When we hear about a dog bite injury involving a child, it usually seems that the attack was inflicted by a neighbor's pet, or by a strange dog that the child has never encountered before. However, in many situations, that is not the case. A large number of dog bite injuries are inflicted by the family pet, and the victims of many of these attacks are children.
Every year, about 4.7 million dog bites are estimated to occur in California and throughout the country, with more than half of the victims of these bites under the age of 14. To call attention to (and reduce) this large number, the week of May 21-26 has been designated as Dog Bite Prevention Week in the U.S.
Previously, doctors and researchers believed that young children were better able to recover from traumatic brain injuries than older children and adults, due largely to the "plastic" nature of a young child's brain as it continues to develop. According to a new study, however, that may not be the case.
No parent should have to deal with the premature death of their young child. Sometimes these unfortunate incidents are accidental; other times they are wrongfully inflicted upon the victim and their family. In any case, though, the victim's family wants to know how and why their young one passed away so needlessly.
Halloween is a fun holiday for most children, complete with costumes, trick-or-treating with friends and family, and, most importantly, candy. However, the holiday also carries significant potential for danger to children. One common cause of injury on Halloween is a bite injury inflicted by a dog who becomes spooked after seeing little ghouls, goblins, and Sponge Bob Square Pants ringing his doorbell all night.