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Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome


Never shake a baby! Sometimes babies won't stop crying. But shaking them won't help. Never Shake a Baby 1

You could cause Shaken Baby Syndrome -- which can involve brain damage.

Here are a few things you can do:

  1. Check to see if he is hungry, tired, or needs to be changed.

  2. Walk and sing with your baby.

  3. Give your baby a warm bath.

  4. Take your baby for a walk or ride in the car.

  5. Hold your baby close to you with skin-to-skin contact.

When your baby is crying, try all you can to comfort her. You will be able to stop the crying sometimes, but not always.

If it’s too frustrating:

  1. Put your baby in a safe place and take a few minutes to calm yourself.

  2. Then go back and check on the baby.


Check out the “Period of PURPLE Crying” DVD, which is available through PCAND. You'll learn what normal crying looks like, what you can expect when your baby cries, and how to keep your baby safe. 

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Car Seat Safety

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To keep kids as safe as possible, it's important to use the correct car seat for your child’s age and size.

Also, be sure children ride in the back seat until they are 12.

Did you know that 8 out of 10 car seats in the U.S. are not installed correctly? This leads to many injuries that could have been prevented. These great resources can help:





Here's what kind of car seat you should use for every age:

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Safe Sleep

Here are some safe sleep practices: Sleeping baby 2015

  1. Babies should be put to sleep on their backs for every sleep.

  2. Try using pacifiers during naps and bedtime.

  3. Place babies on a firm sleeping surface.

  4. Never put soft objects, loose bedding, bumper pads, or other loose objects in the baby's sleep area! This could cause suffocation or strangulation.

  5. Loose bedding such as sheets and blankets should not be used. (Use sleepers, sleep sacks, and wearable blankets. After your baby turns one year old, you can offer him a blanket.)

  6. Sleep only 1 baby per crib.

  7. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult wearing light clothes.

  8. Do not use wedges or infant positioners.

  9. Never smoke or allow smoking in a room where babies sleep. (Second-hand smoke has been linked to SUIDS -- Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome).

  10. Have supervised daily “tummy time” for babies who are awake.

  11. Teach everyone who cares for your baby how to use safe-sleep practices.

  12. Visit Born Learning to learn more about healthy sleep.

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Preventing Abuse or Neglect of Your Child

Even though no child is guaranteed to be safe from abuse or neglect, you can help protect your child by learning more. Preventing CAN

Types of abuse:

  1. Emotional abuse 

  2. Neglect

  3. Physical abuse

  4. Peer abuse/bullying

  5. Sexual abuse

  6. Sexual abuse of boys

  7. Maltreatment of children with disabilities

Visit Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota (PCAND) for great suggestions on how communities can "get to 0%" child abuse. Check out PCAND's long list of publications, which are available in-state free of charge.

You can also help your child develop protective factors. With protective factors, children are more able to cope after difficult things happen. Some protective factors are:

  1. Attachment and bonding.

  2. Social connections.

  3. Concrete support in times of need.

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Toy Safety

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Children love to play! For a child, almost anything can become a toy -- a cardboard box, a favorite spoon, a toilet paper roll.

As long as the object is safe, let him enjoy it! He needs to learn about his world -- and experience the joys of life.

Some objects aren't safe, of course. Offer your child another favorite object if she has something unsafe. If she starts to play with a cell phone cord, use a kind voice to tell her the cord isn't safe. Then offer her a fun toy instead. Show her how fun the toy can be.

Unfortunately, some toys also turn out to be dangerous.

You can get a full list of all the toys and children's products that have been recalled (taken off the market because of safety concerns). Visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission

At that site, you can also get Safety Alerts, Neighborhood Safety Network posters, and other materials to help spread consumer product safety information in your community. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. 

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Injury Prevention

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This section is under construction. 

Check back soon for info on:

  • playground safety.
  • child-proofing your home.
  • common injuries and how to avoid them.

Meanwhile, here's info on carbon monoxide concerns.

Carbon Monoxide

Why be concerned about carbon monoxide?:

  • Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is toxic to human beings and animals.

  • Carbon monoxide can be released by furnaces, heaters, portable generators, water heaters, or clothes dryers -- when these things aren't working properly. It can also be released by cars left running in garages or enclosed places. 

  • At worst, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause severe side effects or even death.

  • Children are more affected by carbon monoxide and may show signs of poisoning sooner. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, and drowsiness.

Here are some tips on carbon monoxide safety:

  • Make sure your home has a carbon monoxide alarm. Install a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas. Keep them at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.

  • Don't confuse smoke alarms with carbon monoxide alarms. Both are needed! You can also get combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

  • Don’t use a grill, generator, or camping stove inside your home, garage, or near a window.

  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Don’t leave a car, SUV, or motorcycle engine running inside a garage.

  • Store any gasoline in a locked location where children cannot access it. Keep only small quantities in an approved container that has child safety features.

  • Keep gasoline away from any source of heat, spark, or flame. Even common household appliances such as water heaters and clothes dryers can start a gasoline fire. Be sure to store your gasoline away from anything that could ignite it.

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Safety in General

Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for safety tips for kids of all ages. You'll find info on preventing injuries from batteries, cars, falls, holidays, laundry packets, and more.

If you live in the Grand Forks or Fargo/Moorhead areas, you can attend Safe Kids events and educational sessions several times a month.

Visit ND KIDS again soon for updates on child safety.

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