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Facial Injuries (cont.)

Prevention

There are many steps you can take to help prevent a facial injury.

  • Always use car safety seats and seat belts to prevent or reduce nose and facial injuries during a car accident. Place your child in an approved child car seat when traveling in a car. Follow the manufacturer's directions for securing the seat in the car. Children should ride in the back seat for safety.
  • Do not use alcohol or other drugs before participating in sports or when operating a motor vehicle or other equipment.
  • Wear a helmet and other protective clothing whenever you are biking, motorcycling, skating, skateboarding, kayaking, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, or rock climbing.
  • Wear a mouth protector when you participate in contact sports.
  • Wear a hard hat if you work in an industrial area.
  • Wear safety glasses, goggles, or face shields when you work with power tools or when you do an activity that might cause an object to fly into your face.
  • Do not dive into shallow or unfamiliar water.
  • Prevent falls in your home by removing hazards that might cause a fall.
  • Do not keep guns in your home. If you must keep guns, lock them up and store them unloaded and uncocked. Lock ammunition in a separate area.

You can take steps to help reduce your young child's risk of facial injury.

  • Never leave your child unattended in a high place, such as on a tabletop; in a crib with the sides down; on elevated porches, decks, and landings; or even on a bed or sofa.
  • Do not leave your child alone in any infant seat or sitting toy, such as a swing or jumper. Use all of the safety straps provided.
  • Use stair gates to block stairways. Use gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, and use the gates properly.
  • Do not use baby walkers. Baby walkers have caused many injuries and are not safe even if the baby is watched closely.
  • Watch your child when he or she is outside. Uneven grass, sloping lawns, and hills may be hard for your child to walk on.
  • Make your home safe from falls by removing hazards that might cause a fall, such as throw rugs.
  • Place your child in an approved child car seat when traveling in a car. Follow the manufacturer's directions for securing the seat in the car. Children should ride in the back seat for safety.
  • Have your children wear helmets when necessary, such as when they are passengers on a bike or are riding a tricycle or bicycle on their own.

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