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 Teaching Preschoolers : Health & Safety

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Home Safety Checklist for Family Child Care - Homes are wonderful places to care for children, but they are full of hazards including electrical appliances, stairs, bathtubs, and dozens of poisonous medicines and household cleaners. (Added June 17, 2000)

AAAAA-CHOOO! - Keeping a Healthy Home - As cold season begins, it's important to remember that regular cleaning and disinfecting household surfaces can reduce the spread of cold-causing germs. As a child care provider, you are working with an at-risk population: over 50% of preschool children are now in some type of child care. (Added October 12, 2000)

Toy Safety - Skates, tricycles, toy trucks and cars, wagons and balls are among children's favorite playthings. But in one year, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates, there were 150,000 toy-related injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. (Added December 19, 2000)

Make Sure Children Exercise Regularly - Brandon does the bunny hop twice and stops. He would rather watch the other children. Brandon is overweight. Wendy has high cholesterol. Her provider can't believe that a child as young as Wendy could have this problem. Juan never charges around the play yard with the other kids. He says he would rather watch. Almost half of American children are not getting enough exercise to develop healthy hearts and lungs. (Added January 24, 2001)

Ear Infection: A Problem For Kids And Caregivers - Middle-ear infection is the most common medical problem for preschool children. Often, the caregiver is the first person to notice the subtle signs of hearing loss that may indicate a middle-ear infection. You may notice that the child is not following verbal directions. Or, the child may pay too much attention to visual clues. (Added March 17, 2002)

How Can We Provide Safe Playgrounds? - Outdoor playgrounds can be exciting places where children explore their environment while developing motor and social skills; however, they also can pose serious safety hazards. With the exception of those in California, no mandatory state or federal standards currently exist regarding the manufacture or installation of playground equipment or surfaces. (Added March 23, 2002)

Safe Food Picnicking With Kids - Children love picnics, but remember, food spoils quickly in the summer heat. In hot weather, it is especially important to pack food carefully to prevent food-borne illness. (Added March 23, 2002)


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