Injury prevention

Did you know that more than 60 percent of all under-5 injuries happen in the home? Find out how to make your child's environment safe. Some tips - never leave children, especially those under 5 years of age, unsupervised near water, including baths, buckets and water troughs. Keep medicine in a high place out of reach and out of sight of children. Store it in a locked or latched cupboard. Read more safety tips below.

Father fastening his baby son in to a car seat

Keep your child safe in the car. Make sure your baby is in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old. Keep your child in a booster seat until they are 148cm tall - for most children, that's somewhere between 10 and 12 years of age.

Young skin burns more quickly and deeply than adult skin, and at lower temperatures. See some practical tips for preventing burns.

Inside small devices may be powerful coin-sized batteries. Many coin-sized button batteries can appear 'invisible' to parents because devices come with the batteries already installed.

Children injured in driveway accidents often suffer severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Check for children before driving off; supervise children around vehicles - always; separate play areas from driveways.

Too much paracetamol is one of the most common causes of poisoning in under 5 year olds. Ring the Poisons Centre if you are worried that your child may have swallowed too much of their own medicine, or has swallowed someone else's medicine. 

If you think your child has been poisoned, call the New Zealand National Poisons Centre immediately on 0800 POISON (0800 764 766). Do not try to make your child vomit or give food or liquid until you have been given advice.

Keep your child safe near water. Never leave children, especially those under 5, unsupervised near any water, including baths, buckets and water troughs.