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Prevention

While not all nose injuries can be prevented, you can take steps to help reduce your risk of a nose injury.

  • Wear a helmet and face guard to protect your head, face, and mouth during sports activities in which facial injuries may occur.
  • Always use car safety seats and seat belts to prevent or reduce nose and facial injuries during a car accident.
  • Wear a face shield when you work with power tools or when you do an activity that might cause an object to fly into your face.

Reduce your child's risk of injury

You can take steps to help reduce your young child's risk of a nose injury.

  • Never leave your child unattended in a high place, such as on a tabletop; in a crib with the sides down; on elevated porches, decks, and landings; or even on a bed or sofa.
  • Do not leave your child alone in any infant seat or sitting toy, such as a swing or jumper. Use all of the safety straps provided.
  • Use stair gates to block stairways. Install gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, and use the gates properly.
  • Do not use baby walkers. Baby walkers have caused many injuries and are not safe even if the baby is watched closely.
  • Watch your child when he or she is outside. Uneven grass, sloping lawns, and hills may be difficult for your child to walk on.
  • Make your home safe from falls by removing hazards that might cause a fall, such as throw rugs.
  • Place your child in an approved child car seat when traveling in a car. Follow the manufacturer's directions for securing the seat in the car. Children should ride in the back seat for safety.
  • Have your children wear helmets when necessary, such as when they are passengers on a bike or are riding a tricycle or bicycle on their own. Be sure your child wears a helmet or protective clothing when he or she does sports activities to prevent sports injuries.
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Last Updated: March 18, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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