Par­ents ig­nor­ing safety guide­lines

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

AUS­TRALIAN par­ents are dis­re­gard­ing safety guide­lines, with the ma­jor­ity al­low­ing more than one child on a tram­po­line and most par­ents not su­per­vis­ing chil­dren while they use them.

The Aus­tralian Child Health Poll found one in six Aus­tralian chil­dren has sus­tained an in­jury, such as a bro­ken bone, con­cus­sion or strains and sprains, while us­ing a tram­po­line, yet only one in two par­ents know the spe­cific first-aid for treat­ing these in­juries.

Re­spon­dents liv­ing in re­gional Aus­tralia were more likely to re­port know­ing first-aid for a head in­jury, bro­ken or dis­lodged tooth or an un­con­scious child, as well as hav­ing in­creased con­fi­dence in res­cu­ing a child from a pool and ad­min­is­ter­ing CPR.

The poll also found that one in six chil­dren don’t al­ways wear a hel­met when rid­ing a bike, de­spite it be­ing a le­gal re­quire­ment, and al­most half don’t al­ways wear a hel­met when rid­ing a skate­board or scooter.

With Christ­mas around the cor­ner, the poll is a timely re­minder for par­ents on how to keep their kids safe this hol­i­day sea­son. Dr Anthea Rhodes,

Di­rec­tor, Aus­tralian Child Health Poll.

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