If your children are anything like mine, then they are very accident prone. Well, Jack is – Olivia isn’t mobile enough yet so we are yet to see if she is. He can be very clumsy so is often taking tumbles – but sometimes these aren’t always his fault! It is important to teach our kids to stay safe when away from home – this guide from the NSPCC is very helpful – but sometimes this can’t always be helped.
We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful village but sometimes the state of the place leaves a lot to be desired. There’s always pot holes in the road that take ages to be filled or workmen digging up part of the path. Jack is at school between September and July like every other child – and I can guarantee not a week goes by when there isn’t work being done on our route to school. Now, baring in mind our route to school is straight across the common from our road, slightly up one road and then down one more road to the school – this is quite a short route to school yet there is always work being carried out and the workmen aren’t always helpful. I’ve seen them leave tools around – so easy for children and even adults to trip over on the school run – and I’ve seen them with holes in the ground not properly fenced off. Jack is old enough to know not to go to close but toddlers aren’t. It is incredibly dangerous.
It is often spoken about letting our children take more risks but sometimes the risks are there without us even noticing! I now have a few things I do when Jack hurts himself to assess the situation. Tell me if you do the same.
See How Hurt He Is
If Jack comes over to me crying and/or claiming to be hurt, I always check his face, hands and legs for any cuts or bruises and stem the bleeding if there is any. I also ask him if it is going to fall off – this is our way of getting him to admit whether it actually does hurt or whether he’s playing on it a bit. I will still comfort him – and won’t tell him off – if he is playing on it a bit however it is extremely important to know the severity of it which is why we do this.
Assess The Situation
Whose fault is it? Was Jack simply not looking where he was going or was it caused by something else? Normally it is a case of Jack tripping over his own feet or just not looking where he was going but he has been hurt before by outside sources – the aforementioned workmen leaving their tools out. Yes, Jack should have seen them before he tripped over them but he shouldn’t have to expect them to be there – they shouldn’t be there in the first place. If he’d encountered a more serious injury from something caused by an outside source, I would definitely consider contacting the solicitors at InjuryClaims.co.uk – we shouldn’t have to expect to avoid things that shouldn’t be there in the first place.They should know to be more careful – especially with children around – and perhaps they will learn not to do it again this way.
Your child may just need a cuddle and a kiss and they will be fine. Sometimes they may need a plaster or a bandage to stem the bleeding and sometimes the injury can be more severe. It can be easy to miss certain injuries so if you believe something to be wrong, no matter how small, consider contacting out of hours to see what they say – someone I know’s son recently broke a bone but none of them (including him) noticed – it was only after he awoke the next day that he did. If the accident and injury wasn’t caused by your child, perhaps think about taking action so these outside sources know to be more careful and not do it again. Whatever you decide to do is completely up to you – just make sure you are informed with all the facts beforehand.
When your child hurts themselves, what do you do? Do you use the ‘is it going to fall off?’ phrase like me with your child? Do you find that other people just aren’t careful either, just like in my area? Make sure you aren’t doing any of these six things when your child hurts themselves though!