Health and Safety, Ages 2 to 5 Years
Connection between your well-being and child safety
Taking care of yourself is a vital part of keeping your child safe. Although accidents can occur at any time, most happen during times of excess Reference stress Opens New Window, such as when:Reference 3
- Parents and children are hungry and tired, especially right after work and before dinner.
- Another baby is expected.
- There is an illness or death in the family.
- Relationship problems develop.
- Major changes in the routine or environment occur, such as when a child's caregiver changes, or when moving to a new house, or even going on vacation.
For more information, see the topic Reference Stress Management or the Reference Interactive Tool: What Is Your Stress Level? Reference
All parents have times when they feel exhausted, frustrated, angry, sad, or overwhelmed. Recognize that this is a normal part of being human and a parent. But if these feelings become too much for you to handle alone, keep your child safe by Reference getting help. For example, when your emotions are too much for you to handle alone, you may not have the energy or desire to watch your child as closely as you should. Some parents injure their children when their emotions cause them to shake, hit, or push them. This can result in such problems as Reference shaken baby syndrome Opens New Window, which can cause permanent brain damage or even death.
Call 911 right away if you feel you are about to injure yourself or your child.
Places to go for help include:
- Your family health professional (such as a Reference family medicine doctor Opens New Window).
- A Reference pediatrician Opens New Window.
- A Reference licensed mental health counselor Opens New Window.
- Your local hospital.
- Parenting organizations.
For more information on physical harm to children, see the topics Reference Shaken Baby Syndrome and Reference Child Abuse and Neglect. For more information on handling difficult emotions, see the topics Reference Depression, Reference Anxiety, and Reference Anger, Hostility, and Violent Behavior.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 21, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics