Parents ignoring safety guidelines
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.