Baby Safety

Babies depend on their parents to keep them safe from harm.  Even parents on a limited budget can provide a safe and loving environment for their baby.  The Broward Healthy Start Coalition has adopted the Safe Baby Curriculum developed by the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County.  Safe Baby is designed to educate and empower parents of newborns in order to keep babies safe from common preventable causes of death.

There are three main topics covered in the Safe Baby curriculum including:

  • Choosing a Safe Caregiver
  • Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Practicing Safe Sleep

If you are a new parent, we encourage you to make a commitment to your baby to protect and keep him safe. Being a parent and protecting your child is your most important role. Please visit the Safe Baby website at http://www.healthysafebaby.org/ to learn more about how to keep your baby safe.

Safe-sleep

Drowning Prevention

Drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages 1-4 in Broward County and these deaths are 100% preventable. Please do not let your child become part of this devastating statistic.

Did you know?:
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  • A child is 100 times more likely to drown in a pool than be killed by a gun
  • 90% of the drowning occurs when the child walks out the door without anyone noticing
  • The majority of children who drowned walked out of their home through the sliding glass door
  • 1-3 year olds are the most likely to drown

To read and download the local Water Smart Babies resource guide, CLICK HERE.

Look Before You Lock

Heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of all non-crash-related vehicle fatalities involving children 14 and younger.  On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Even the best parents or childcare provider can overlook a sleeping child in a car, and the end result can be injury or even death. These injuries or deaths are 100% preventable. Everyone has a role to play in protecting our children, so Look Before You Lock!

Additional Information

Drowning Prevention: http://browardchd.org/healths_drowning.aspx.

Kids and vehicle safety information:  http://www.kidsandcars.org/

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