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Summer Safety

Here's a one-stop shop for information to ensure families stay safe this season.

Kids and Radiation Safety

Kids and radiation safety in imaging exams is a serious concern. Find out the important questions to ask your child's doctor or imaging facility.

New Car Seat Laws

New Car Seat Laws: What It Means for Your Family. Set to go into effect in 2017, children are required to rear-face until age 2. The new law does not apply to children who weigh more than 40 pounds or are 40 inches or taller.

Sprains and Strains

A sprain is a stretch or tear in a ligament, the bands of fibrous tissue that connect our bones at the joints. A strain is also a stretch or tear, but it affects the muscle itself or a tendon.

Helmets for Kids

Helmet for kids prevent moderate to more serious injuries, like bruising of the brain tissue itself. Helmets cushion the brain to prevent a more serious injuries.

First Aid in the Home

Young children commonly get hurt at home from rolling or falling off their bed, from falling out of their strollers, hitting their heads or falling off a counter where they are sitting.

Teen Safety in the Car

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.

Chemical Poisoning in the Home

Many ordinary household items can be poisonous, from medicines and makeup to bug spray and cleaning products. Chemical poisoning in the home can be avoided.

Home Safety

To practice home safety, supervision is the best way to keep your children safe. However, here are some things you can do to help make your child’s environment safer.

Sun Safety and Skin Protection

For sun safety, both children & adults need to practice good sun protection. Sunscreen should be worn while outside at all times. This may sound like a hassle, prevention pays off.

Kohl’s Water Safety and Education Program at CHOC Children’s

Water safety matters. Children and water can be a fatal combination. Drowning is a quick, silent event. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water.

Personal Safety for Children

For your child's personal safety, keep open communication with your child. Ask your child how things are going every day. You can help your children learn to be safe and secure.

Be Wise Immunize

Immunize your children to prevent them from getting sick. Staying healthy is important to keeping you and our community safe. Children under the age of 5 are less able to fight off germs.

Sleep Position for Young Infants

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant under one year of age, usually during periods of sleep.

Helmet Safety

Children should wear a helmet while they are riding on their bikes, scooters, skateboards or in-line skates. Helmets protect the head and brain from getting hurt. They are like “seatbelts” for your head.

Child Passenger Safety

Car crashes are the No. 1 preventable cause of death of children and young adults. Learn the proper use of child restraints and seat belts.

Seguridad en el Agua

Los niños y el agua pueden ser una combinación fatal. El ahogamiento ocurre en forma rápida y silenciosa. ¡Lo bueno es que esto no tiene que sucederle a su niño! Las muertes por ahogo pueden prevenirse si se toman las medidas correctas.

Drowning Prevention

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 1–4. Dr. Goodman says backyard pools are often to blame.

Kids and Melanoma

Orange County is one of the sunniest places in California, with hundreds of sun days per year. With that comes the need for proper protection.

Kids and Broken Bones

Young wrists, forearms and elbows are vulnerable to injury. Few kids grow up without breaking a bone. Prompt, expert care of fractures is necessary.

Kids and Concussions: Learn How to Play it Safe

The word concussion comes from the Latin word to shake violently. A lot of times, people may hit their head and don’t realize it was a concussion.

The experts at CHOC Children's and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital in partnership with the Orange County Register have developed this site to provide you with the information you need to help keep your children healthy. From immunizations to broken bones, we're here to provide answers to some of parenting's most common, and not-so-common, questions.

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