Kidsafe News May 2013
13 May 2013
In This Issue
Planning a family? Already expecting? Have little ones in tow?
Discover all you need to know, with friendly experts from government departments, health organisations and respected support groups and companies all under one roof, saving you hours of time trawling for information on your own.
Be informed with the specialist speakers, chat with qualified midwives and uncover the newest and most practical products, along with seeing the trusty favourites - touch, try & even taste. Hands-on experience will ensure you leave with a great understanding of the best options available to suit your needs!
If you’re bringing the kids, keep them entertained with lots of fun FREE entertainment, including live Sesame Street character shows on the main stage and visit in comfort with the wide aisles & rest stops located all around the Expo and in the fully equipped Parent’s Rooms.
Other timely reminders include:
So stay safe over the cooler months and take some time to read the other safety tips outlined in the Kidsafe Newsletter.
Kidsafe NSW has released ‘grow me safely’, a new website resource that provides information on gardening with children. The website provides plant lists for vegetable gardens and sensory gardens; plants to avoid; and injury data information.
Kidsafe NSW promotes natural play environments for children. As part of our commitment we are delighted to present a website resource that can support groups to plan for natural areas and develop vegetable gardens in their playspaces.
Gardening with children is promoted in the National Quality Framework for Education and Care Services, and the NSW Primary Syllabus.
The website resource was developed in response to enquiries regarding suitable plants in children’s gardens and funded by the 2011 Young Horticulturist of the Year Award (coordinated by the Australian Institute of Horticulture on behalf of the Ryde Horticulture Students Fund) and Kidsafe NSW. Many experts contributed to the review, content, images and injury data to ensure the resource is accurate, practical and promotes positive messages regarding gardening activities with children.
To access the website visit the Kidsafe NSW website and click on the ‘grow me safely’ sign at this link:
Amber teething necklaces and bracelets consist of amber beads which are a fossilised tree resin and range in colour from yellow to white and beige to brown.
What you should do:
For more information visit: Product Safety Australia
Baby sleep positioners that are designed to help infants sleep safely have been withdrawn from sale in the USA after officials warned they were ‘too dangerous to use.’ The sponge positioners are used to ensure a baby sleeps in one position with limited movement. They are often promoted as being useful in ensuring babies remain secure on their backs as they sleep and do not fall victim to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Parents are urged to:
For more information on safe sleeping contact Sids and Kids
Baby bath aids are used to support infants while in a bath. Baby bath aids help keep a baby’s head up and out of the water, leaving the carer’s hands free to wash the baby. They can ease the strain on the carer’s back.
Baby bath aids are typically used in adult sized baths but can come with or be shaped into baby baths as well. There are a few different types of baby bath aids available including bath seats, cradles, hammocks, recliners, supports and rings. The suitability of these products changes as baby grows.
The aids are generally made of plastic, rubber or foam, but can also be made of fabric supported on a frame. Some have toys attached to them and some have a base that swivels.
Baby bath aids are not safety devices.
For more information visit Product Safety Australia.
Some key things to look out for are:
For more information visit Product Safety Australia
The Lorrie Fay Memorial Kidsafe NSW Scholarship was established in 2003 to encourage a University of NSW (UNSW) medical students to undertake an Honours thesis or project relevant to child safety issues. It is jointly funded by the University of NSW and a memorial donation recognising the contribution of Lorrie Fay to Kidsafe NSW.
2011 recipient Jodie Wheatley wins a highly commended award at the 2012 Australian College of Road Safety Conference for her paper: Risk factors for serious injury to child occupants 0-3 years in motor vehicle crashes.
This new research is important for parents and carers to know about because very few studies into serious injury in car crashes have focused specifically on the injury risks to babies and children less than three years old. Jodie Wheatley investigated the medical records of all children aged 0 to 3 who were admitted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead after being seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash between 2001 and 2011. She studied the risk factors that may have affected 90 very young children injured or killed in car crashes.
Although we are told that over 99% of children in cars are now using restraints, Jodie found that nearly one in five of these seriously injured children was either not restrained at all or was in a restraint not appropriate for their age such as a booster seat or an adult seat belt. Her study shows the risks of moving children too early from their child restraints
The odds of serious injury were over three times greater for children in rural areas compared with metropolitan areas. Twice as many children were seriously injured in crashes in rural areas as in metropolitan areas. This worrying statistic was six times greater for those who were not using the right age-appropriate restraints.
Because this was a retrospective study into existing data Jodie’s research cannot tell us if the serious injuries that were suffered by some children using the right restraints were related to these restraints being improperly fitted or incorrectly done up. However some other research shows this might be a widespread problem. Jodie recommends that there should be a more detailed study to examine all the restraint factors that influence serious injury in small children.
For us as parents and carers, Jodie’s research is a reminder of how important it is that each child is always protected by the correct restraint appropriate to their age and that this is properly fitted and correctly done up. It also emphasises the need to take particular care when driving in rural areas with little children.
Click here for more information on the scholarship or contact Kidsafe NSW.
The demonstration playspace is being renovated (May - June 2013)
Click here to view the design.
The aim of the playspace is to highlight the different types of play, various equipment and surfacing product types, the incorporation of the natural environment, native plant species, and ongoing management of playspaces.
The renovation has been possible by the generous support from the following organisations and businesses: