Child safety and immunisations
- Pregnancy and early years: It is important for you and your child to receive certain immunisations during this time to protect from certain diseases - see NHS Choices - Vaccinations website.
- To find out why immunisations are so important, please read the information on the NHS Choices website.
- From birth:
- Make sure the car seat is suitable for the age, height and weight of your baby/child
- Not all car seats fit all cars. If the seat isn't right the child won't be safe.
- When your child can walk - make sure they know to hold an adults hand or use walking reins.
- Falls - Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
- Suffocation - Don't use duvets or pillows on young children's beds.
- Poisoning - Put medicines and cleaning products out of the reach of toddlers.
- Drowning - Never leave a baby or toddler alone in or near water.
- Choking - Cut big pieces of food into small pieces; grapes should be cut into quarters or halves..
- Burns and scalds - Put babies down before having a hot drink.
- Danger of house fires - Check the fire alarm regularly.
- 95.5% vaccination coverage of Dtap/IPV/Hib at 1 years old
- 97.1% vaccination coverage of MenC
- 95.4% vaccination coverage of PCV
Rate of hospital admissions of unintentional or deliberate injuries in children aged 0-4 years is 124.7 per 10,000 (similar to the England average).
- The Green Book of Immunisation Against Infectious Diseases
- Immunisation leaflets and guidance for parents
- National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Preventing Unintentional Injury in the Under 15s
Public Health England (2017) Reducing Unintentional injuries in and around the home among children under 5 years old